Audie Murphy was a diminutive Texas farm boy who overcame incredible challenges and became one of the most highly decorated soldiers in U.S. history. At the beginning of World War II, Murphy tried to enlist in the Marines and the paratroopers, but he was turned down because of his small stature. He was finally accepted into the army and assigned to the 3d Infantry Division. For his demonstrated skill and courage, Murphy received numerous awards for valor, including the Medal of Honor. After the war, Murphy had a successful career as an actor.
Lt. Murphy’s grave is marked by a simple government-issued headstone. Although the headstone inscriptions of Medal of Honor recipients are normally outlined in gold, Murphy declined this privilege. He wanted his grave to be that of an ordinary soldier. Cemetery officials laid a flagstone walkway to accommodate the large numbers of people who visit his grave.