Yesteryear’s War Hero

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Would be Today’s War Criminal, as time goes by.

2LT Audie L. Murphy, USA

Audie Leon Murphy, son of poor Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery given to any individual by the United States for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” He also received every decoration for valor that America had to offer, some of them more than once. He was awarded five decorations by France and Belgium.

Audi Murphy became a legend within the 3rd Infantry Division and quickly rose from Army Private to the rank of Staff Sergeant, and was then given a “battle field” commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He was wounded three times, fighting in nine major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war. (Audi Murphy Medal of Honor Citation)

Today in Washington DC, as an ungrateful nation bids “Good Riddance” to President George W. Bush**, the people’s representatives in Congress, under leadership of Nancy Pelosi, are making plans to bring charges of “War Crimes” against Americans who today should be awarded “Medals of Honor.” President Bush, his administration, those serving in the Department of Defense and the CIA are all under threat of prosecution for their dedication to keeping the American homeland safe since September the 11th, 2001. Yes, it is unbelievable, but it is the way things are, as time goes by and citizens forget about war and the blood, sweat and tears of those who have sacrificed to keep them safe.

Audie Murphy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, just across Memorial Drive from the Memorial Amphitheater. It would be interesting to know how many of the millions of people celebrating the Inauguration in Washington today will make the effort to walk across the Memorial Bridge in front of the Lincoln Memorial to pay respects to a now forgotten “real” American hero.

**Today, at the Inauguration of Barack Obama, those most elite of the attendees, occupying spaces closest to the festivities, booed not only President Bush and Vice President Cheney, but the celebrants of Obama’s Inauguration booed First Lady Laura Bush, and Mrs. Cheney.

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