Near the end of the second World War, Audie Murphy became famous as the most decorated American soldier of the war. He recieved 24 medals from the United States including the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was also awarded three medals by Franc andone more by Belgium.
Born in Kingston, Texas, Murphy enlisted in the army in 1942. He served in North Africa and Europe, and in 1944 he rose to the rank of second lieutnant.
His most impressive act of bravery occurred in January 1945 near Colmar, France, when in the midst of a furious German attack, he jumped onto a burning tank destroyer and KILLED about 50 Axis troops with his machine gun. Although wounded in the leg, he rallied his troops to retake the ground the germans had gained earlier that day.