Audie Murphy: The Real Captain America

Audie Murphy: The Real Captain America

In anticipation of the upcoming film Captain America: The First Avenger I put together an article on the most decorated war veteran in WWII. Learn about his feats and heroism and pay tribute to the Soldier in your life.

We all know the story of Steve Rogers AKA Captain America. A weak, frail boy becomes a Super Soldier and a force of good for the U.S. during WWII. But do you know the story of Audie Murphy a man whose life seems to parallel the fictional life of Steve Rogers? With the anticipation of the upcoming film Captain America: The First Avenger I’d like everyone to take a look at a Real American Hero.

Audie Murphy was born in Texas on June 20, 1924. He was the 7th of 12 children. Murphy grew up in a poor household, and was uneducated having dropped out of school in the 5th grade. Audie picked cotton and became very skilled with a rifle to hunt small game to help feed the family. Audie's father left the family in 1940 and his mother died in 1941, so at age 17 both of his parents were gone, leaving Audie to care for his younger siblings.

In December of 1941 the U.S. declared war. Audie stricken with the responsibility of taking care of his family decided to enlist. Audie, much like Steve Rogers, was a scrawny boy weighing only 110 lbs. and with a height of 5’ 5”. Audie attempted to join he Marines first, and also like Rogers was turned down. Audie then went on to the Army Paratroopers, and was again turned down for being too small. Finally Audie caught a break and was allowed In the Regular Army as an Infantryman.

After completing basic training, Audie went through advanced training and was finally shipped overseas to North Africa. Audie saw little action in North Africa but received his so called “Baptism of Fire” when he land in Sicily on July 10, 1943. Audie fought his frustrations when his Captain, attempting to keep him out of danger, made him a “Runner”. Audie, however, had other plans and went off on any patrols he could join. After sometime, Audie proved his worth and was promoted to Corporal.

As a Corporal, Audie was given the responsibility of leading patrols. One night on a patrol, Audie and his men ran into a squad of Germans. Audie and his squad fought back the Germans while taking cover in a rock quarry. The Germans sent a group to flush out Audie and his men but the Germans were met with a hail of gun fire. Three Germans were killed and the rest were captured. For these actions Audie was promoted to Sergeant.

After battling more than a few case of malaria, Audie was healthy and back in the fight. After numerous successful patrols, Audie was offered a battlefield commission to 2nd Lieutenant, but declined because he did not want to leave his men. Audie went back to the front and usually his tactical knowledge, much like Steve Rogers, anticipated the enemies’ movements. Audie heavily mined the area that the he figured the Germans would take. When the Germans attacked the lead tank hit the mines and blocked the road. The Germans fled leaving behind the lead tank. Audie, not wanting the tank to be moved, attacked the tank head on telling his men to cover him. Audie ran at the tank throwing two Molotov Cocktails and one grenade. Both were ineffective. The Germans guarding the tank began to fire at him so Audie used his rifle grenade and took out the tanks treads. Audie was award the Bronze star for his heroism that day.

On May 23, Audie’s Division fought their way to Rome and went through amphibious training. After training, Audie’s Division landed in Southern France. Hours after landing, Audie’s squad was tasked with capturing an enemy artillery position on a high up ridge. The first 1st Battalion went up the ridge but was met by German fire. Every waypoint was covered by Germans. Audie’s platoon, which was in the rear, moved forward and his platoon was split and pinned. Nothing Audie tried worked; his carbine and grenades were ineffective. So Audie crawled slowly down the hill and reached the heavy weapons platoon. Audie grabbed a .30 cal. machine gun and crawled back up the hill. Audie fired on the enemy positions using short burst, making the Germans take cover. Audie and a squad mate charged the enemy position. They silenced the first position and went on to the next, when Audie’s squad mate noticed a white flag coming from the next position he stood up. Audie’s squad mate was shot down. Enraged, Audie grabbed the German machine gun and charged every German position throwing grenades and taking every German out. Audie soon realized the artillery was fake, and it was an ambush from the start. Audie was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

As the allied forces advanced, Audie was wounded and received a Purple Heart. After he returned he was on patrol and his unit was ambushed. Audie took action and threw grenades taking out the enemy positions. He was awarded the Silver Star for this action. Only three days later, Audie’s platoon was ambushed again. Knowing he was out number, Audie grabbed a radio and crawled forward to see the enemy position. While being fired upon, Audie called in artillery and mortar fire on the enemy position taking out 15 and wounding 35. For this Audie received his second Silver Star, and only 3 days after he received the first.
After several days Audie was discharged as a Sergeant and was made a 2nd Lieutenant.

He returned to his platoon and this time it was to command it. Audie was wounded again by a sniper, but that didn’t let it stop him. After recovering from his wound he returned to his men in January of 1945. Audie was tasked with advancing on a German stronghold. Audie’s platoon and a couple of others attacked the stronghold for 3 days with no success. After a while Audie was the only Officer left. Audie took command over the entire Company and organized the next assault on the German stronghold. As Audie and his men waited, 6 German tanks and 250 German soldiers advanced on Audie’s position. Knowing he was outnumbered, Audie ordered his men to pull back. Audie knew something had to be done so he took action. Near his position was a burning tank destroyer with a machine gun attachment. Audie climbed aboard the tank destroyer and opened fire on the advancing Germans. For an hour Audie mowed down enemy soldiers. When he ran outta ammo, Audie realized he had been wounded, and enemy soldiers lay dead only yards away.

For his heroism, Audie Murphy won the Medal of Honor. The highest honor awarded in the US. Along with these honors, Audie won a plethora of awards.

Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Silver Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster
Purple Heart with Second Oak Leaf Cluster
U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal
Distinguished Unit Emblem with First Oak Leaf Cluster
American Campaign Medal Combat Infantry Badge
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns)
Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)
Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar
French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre
French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier
French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star
French Croix de Guerre with Palm
Medal of Liberated France

Reading these feats you’re probably thinking to yourself, “No way can an ordinary person do all this.” But Audie Murphy did. He was a real hero. He joined the Army, not to find honor or glory; he was just trying to take care of his family. On July 22nd, when Captain America: The First Avenger comes out in Theaters, I want you to acknowledge the heroes who gave their life so you can live yours. Be proud of your Country and the Soldiers, Marines, and Sailors who are out there every day fighting for your freedoms. Not just America’s freedom but everyone’s freedom.

If you knew or know a Solider, Marine, or Sailor, no matter the country you live in, please feel free to post their name on the comments and thank them for their service. Thank you all!

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CorndogBurglar - 7/11/2011, 7:13 AM
this was a really cool article :)
ager - 7/11/2011, 7:17 AM
what a cool thing to do, man, really cool. i like that you focused on the real deal on this site
ager - 7/11/2011, 7:20 AM
this is for my Gramps, a true WWII vet, 13 missions. 1 of which he went down in a smoking fighter jet and was the only survivor aboard. he fell near the coast, in shark infested waters, of an enemy base.
riddlemethis09 - 7/11/2011, 7:23 AM
Very nice articles! Felt like i was in history class again, but in the good way. I would like to see more articles on here like this, maybe "Fact Behind the Fiction" type. Thanks for the read!
ThomasRochester - 7/11/2011, 7:59 AM
I agree with the Riddler, having a weekly or monthly article like this would be really nice to see.
BOth of my Grandfathers were in military service. One in the Air Force and fought in Korea, and the other in the Army Reserves, was supposed to storm normandy but had hearing problems.
ThreeBigTacos - 7/11/2011, 8:09 AM
Please, this needs to make main page!
nuck82 - 7/11/2011, 8:23 AM
wow great find!!!
Rodimus9 - 7/11/2011, 8:35 AM
Real heroes are made in America. Great article!
Akercocke - 7/11/2011, 8:39 AM
The most interesting article I've seen posted here in a long time. Very good job ncreb.
reverendjonnynemo - 7/11/2011, 8:56 AM

...and that is why you fail, Grasshopper.
Brashlight - 7/11/2011, 8:59 AM
Great stuff ncreb! This triumph of the human spirit is pretty amazing! Stuff like this makes me appreciate our servicemen more and more. I have a couple buddies that are and will be deployed soon and one can only hope they come home safe!!!
Knight00769 - 7/11/2011, 9:08 AM
Excellent article Ncreb!!
geoflash03 - 7/11/2011, 9:10 AM
My grandpa was in the Army, my uncle was a Master Sergeant in the Marine Corps, now a retired Marine, and my younger brother is in the Marine Corps Reserve. Proud of all three of them.
patriautism - 7/11/2011, 9:12 AM
Wow he was the real Captain America..
Men like this are the reason the world can live as it does today.
Thank you ncreb!!
DeadpoolDan - 7/11/2011, 9:23 AM
Nice article man, real nice. I agree we should have a REAL hero of the month article or something.
TheDukeofMadmen - 7/11/2011, 9:35 AM
Great article. My grandfather served in WWII as an Anti-Aircraft gunner on a tanker in the south pacific. I have his service records and his actual discharge papers. He used to tell me stories of the war when I was younger. He has sinced passed on like so many of our WWII vets but he joined the navy to serve his country and do what was right at the time. When he went off to war he left my grandmother and three children behind. God rest your soul grandpa.

The Duke raises his glass to all those vets of any war. You bunch of tough bastards.
valeriesghost - 7/11/2011, 9:40 AM
lmao@ sirprize, born in the usa is the perfect theme music for this article
crazyray - 7/11/2011, 9:42 AM

AWESOME article, man. great job.

The link above- guess who's number 1?!?!!?!
dr3w - 7/11/2011, 9:43 AM
That makes me feel proud to be an American in the U.S. Air Force and this great man was made in America where real heroes are from. That is a great story and we should continue to honor great people like Audie Murphy.
sexfoodcomics - 7/11/2011, 10:02 AM
My grandfather was a WWII vet. He was a paratrooper and made 7 combat jumps and help liberate the Philippines, he never talked about his experience , and knowing how there were brutal battles in the philippine islands, I'm sure he saw some crazy stuff. He passed away 3 months ago.

There is no one I respect more then WW2 vets and what they accomplished. I can't wait to see this Cap movie.
supertrackmonkey - 7/11/2011, 10:03 AM
Don't forget Airman. Not just the US Air Force, but the Army Air Corps which later became the Air Force.
WinterSoldier - 7/11/2011, 10:17 AM
My great great grandfather fought in the trenches in WWI, my great grandfather was an army partrouper in WWII, my grandfather was a marine in vietnam, all three of my uncles were in the navy, one of my uncles was a navy seal during desert storm, my dad was army infantry in panama and love and respect them all for their service. I am enlisting in the navy after college and hope to make them all proud
ThePhantom1 - 7/11/2011, 10:19 AM
Both my Grandfathers were in the Infantry in WW1, Walter Perry Brown 28 yrs 9 months of service in U. S. Army, spanning WW2, Korea and Vietnam, Major Brown, service in U. S. Navy in WW2, and Thomas Henry Brown, service in U. S. Army in WW2, and my brother and brother-in-law were both in Vietnam
agentofshield - 7/11/2011, 10:23 AM
DUDE! thanks for posting this!! Audie Murphy was a bad ass!!! I was thinking about writing an article on him too!! Look up the Book, Real Men:Ten Courageous Americans to Know and Admire by Cort Kirkwood. He is a friend of mine. Audie Murphy is one of the men he goes into detail about in his book.

Thanks again!! More people need to know about Audie!!!!
DeathSeal - 7/11/2011, 10:30 AM
My Grandpa served with Audie up until Italy where he got a gut full of shrapnel. He actually didn't have very many nice things to say about him other than he was a nice kid. He would never say anything a bad about him, but I think he felt a little raw that Audie spent a lot of time behind the lines with illness and as my Grandpa would say "whatnot" He did say he thought if he could get a chance he would be a good solider. Unfortunately he caught a German mortar and never got to see Audie “grow up”. He spent a few months recovering before being sent back to the states to be a Drill Sgt. He ended up training the men of 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
ThePhantom1 - 7/11/2011, 10:35 AM
For those of you who do not know, the avatar I use to the left represents the first visual representation of Captain America that I know is recorded in time to a Victory Bonds promotion from WW1, check it out its dated
DenimLucky777 - 7/11/2011, 10:41 AM
They should make a movie about this guy.
hatrick3 - 7/11/2011, 10:49 AM
My grandpa was a glider pilot in WWII. Gliders flew in but of course, they didn't fly back out. When they landed, he got out and fought on the ground like everyone else. Left me his service issue .45 when he passed.

@Gusto I know you're joking but you couldn't carry an Army cooks jock, you old fart. BTW I'm a Texan so F-you!
adamrich81 - 7/11/2011, 10:56 AM
Goodnight Audie Murphey wherever you are.

Semper Fi
hatrick3 - 7/11/2011, 11:06 AM
Audie Murphy also went onto great success as an actor,song writer and horse breeder.

Great article, thanks!!
crazyray - 7/11/2011, 11:31 AM
@Denim- THEY DID MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT HIM!!!! ...and Audie Murphy was such a bad ass in real life.... HE PLAYED HIMSELF. No shit. Check it out. The definition of "EPIC".
juggy4711 - 7/11/2011, 11:32 AM
Awesome article well done.

@ Hatrick3 depending own what company made that 1911 it could be worth several thousand dollars.
CapFan79 - 7/11/2011, 11:53 AM
He starred in his own movie about himself back in 1955 and was in a few other films.
superotherside - 7/11/2011, 12:02 PM
nice article ncreb! I have actually watch a movie of this called "To Hell and Back" it actually has Audie playing himself in the film... it's an old movie but its worth checking out. really great article again dude! ;)

God Bless America!
hatrick3 - 7/11/2011, 12:23 PM
@juggy4711 I've had a few offers but I'll never sell. It goes to my son one day. And The F-ckin Who kick ass! None better imao.

@CapFan79 according to wiki he made 44 films. Surprised me...

@Gusto LOL! We have more than just BBQ down here on the TX Gulf coast. The shrimp and redfish will unfurl your stars and stripes.
Matador - 7/11/2011, 12:25 PM
Hua! Another Texan proud to hear good people that have done great things.
KALel3412 - 7/11/2011, 1:09 PM
he was also a womanizer and a complete dick head
destined2B - 7/11/2011, 3:22 PM
@ncreb-bravo,one of the best reads ever!'nuff said.
BlazinTexan - 7/11/2011, 3:42 PM
damn straight the real cap and hes from TEXAS his hospital is here in san antonio
FriendlyNeighborhoodSpidey - 7/11/2011, 3:51 PM
cool guy
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