The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hunt County Veterans Exhibit was dedicated on May 23, 1998, during Greenville's annual Audie Murphy Day. The exhibit presently includes memorabilia from Audie L. Murphy's military service and movie career, as well as memorabilia from other Hunt County veterans.
A large collection of photographs and paintings are also included in the exhibit. More information on future expansion may be obtained by contacting the Audie Murphy/American Cotton Museum.
Audie Murphy during his 3 years of active service (1942 - 1945) received every decoration of valor that the United States had to offer, some of them more than once, including five decorations by France and Belgium. Among his 33 awards and decorations is the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
Once released from the Army in September 1945, actor James Cagney invited Audie to Hollywood after he saw Audies photo on the cover of Life Magazine. Audies first starring role came in a 1949 released film by Allied Artist called Bad Boy. In 1950 Murphy became a contract actor with Universal International where he starred in 26 films including his autobiography, To Hell and Back. In the 25 years that Audie spent in Hollywood he made 44 feature films.
Audie Murphy was an accomplished songwriter teaming up with talented artist and composers such as Guy Mitchell, Scott Turner, Jimmy Bryant, Coy Ziegler and Terri Eddleman to produce 17 compositions. His two biggest hits were Shutters and Boards and When the Wind Blows in Chicago. Recording artist such as Dean Martin, Eddy Arnold, Charley Pride, Porter Waggoner, Jerry Wallace, Roy Clark, Harry Nilsson and others have recorded Audies songs.
Don't miss Audie Murphy Days 2012 - April 20-21
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