At the 3rd General Hospital at Aix-en-Provence, Murphy ordered his men to retreat to positions in the woods, remaining alone at his post, shooting his M1 carbine and directing artillery fire via his field radio while the Germans aimed fire directly at his position.For an hour, Murphy stood on the flaming tank destroyer returning German fire from foot soldiers and advancing tanks, killing or wounding 50 Germans.Murphy dropped out of school in fifth grade and got a job picking cotton for a dollar a day (equivalent to in 2017) to help support his family; he also became skilled with a rifle, hunting small game to help feed them. She rarely talked; and always seemed to be searching for something. After his sister provided an affidavit that falsified his birth date by a year, he was accepted by the U. He was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, which trained under the command of Major General Lucian Truscott.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Murphy's older sister helped him to falsify documentation about his birthdate in order to meet the minimum-age requirement for enlisting in the military.Turned down by the Navy and the Marine Corps, he enlisted in the Army.Murphy received the Medal of Honor for valor that he demonstrated at the age of 19 for single-handedly holding off an entire company of German soldiers for an hour at the Colmar Pocket in France in January 1945, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition.Murphy was born into a large family of sharecroppers in Hunt County, Texas.He made guest appearances on celebrity television shows and starred in the series Whispering Smith. He bred quarter horses in California and Arizona, and became a regular participant in horse racing.
Suffering from what would today be described as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Murphy slept with a loaded handgun under his pillow. In his last few years, he was plagued by money problems but refused offers to appear in alcohol and cigarette commercials because he did not want to set a bad example.
His father abandoned them, and his mother died when he was a teenager.
Murphy left school in fifth grade to pick cotton and find other work to help support his family; his skill with a hunting rifle was a necessity for putting food on the table.
After the war, Murphy embarked on a 21-year acting career.
He played himself in the 1955 autobiographical film To Hell and Back, based on his 1949 memoirs of the same name, but most of his roles were in westerns.
When his men finally took the hill, 15 Germans had been killed and 35 wounded.