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Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1924–May 28, 1971) was an American soldier in World War II. In 27 months of combat action, he became the most decorated soldier in the history of the U.S. Army. Murphy received the Medal of Honor, the military's highest award for valor, along with 32 additional medals awarded for bravery and service. In the later part of his life, he went on to have a successful movie career, including the extremely popular To Hell and Back.

Audie Leon Murphy was born to Emmett and Josie Bell Murphy (née Killian), two poor sharecroppers. He grew up near Celeste, Texas. He died in an airplane crash in May 1971.