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(Yahoo)   Salute: The most decorated American Solider from World War II is Audie Murphy. Murphy was wounded three times and awarded 33 military medals, including three Purple Hearts and one Medal of Honor for his bravery in killing over 200 enemy soldiers   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 108
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2013-11-11 02:16:34 PM  

thecollegepolitico.com


Meanwhile, you tweet for freedom and change your facebook status to support your cause........

 
2013-11-11 02:25:16 PM  
There are dozens of sites out there about Audie Murphy, and we get a goddamn Yahoo auto launch video that's not even solely about him? Christ.
 
2013-11-11 02:29:24 PM  
A story so awesome they didn't film it all because "we can show them that, no one would believe it"


Pocket Ninja: There are dozens of sites out there about Audie Murphy, and we get a goddamn Yahoo auto launch video that's not even solely about him? Christ.


I'm with you on this one.
 
2013-11-11 02:38:36 PM  
He's no Sgt. York.
 
2013-11-11 02:46:49 PM  
He's no Sgt Stubby.

/can't even imagine the PTSD this guy must have
 
2013-11-11 02:59:21 PM  

TheBeastOfYuccaFlats: He's no Sgt Stubby.


I had to google Sgt Stubby.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-11 03:01:39 PM  
Probably 1000 men like him; however, he hit the lottery by not getting in the way of any *BOOM* headshots.

Still a hero & paid awful PTSD price for it
 
2013-11-11 03:02:34 PM  
Plus, he turned out to be an ok actor.
 
2013-11-11 03:03:41 PM  
Did he go for the double tea bag?

Link
 
2013-11-11 03:05:54 PM  

I_C_Weener: He's no Sgt. York.


much better than after sgt sargent replaced him
 
2013-11-11 03:07:26 PM  
a 200 killstreak..  what kind of killstreak reward do you get for that
 
2013-11-11 03:08:06 PM  
Yeah? Well, did he ever fly a Spitfire over to a German airfield, land it, jump out and shoot every German? 'Cause I did that the other night on Battlefield 1942. Dozens of dead Germans and they called me a "Spawn Killer" when I got home.
 
2013-11-11 03:08:11 PM  
Alvin York
 
2013-11-11 03:10:06 PM  

midwestatheist: a 200 killstreak..  what kind of killstreak reward do you get for that


Acting career.
 
2013-11-11 03:10:17 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Posted before and I'll post it again.  These volunteers were MUCH more badass (as were others from other countries joining the international brigades).  They served in integrated (many races, and women as well) units against fascism in Spain.  They returned to America only be looked upon with suspicion and labelled P.A. (premature anti-fascists) because they fought against fascism before anyone else decided it was a problem.  They didn't receive benefits, they didn't receive praise.  They received an FBI file because they were "subversive" and were dismissed as commies.

Today we just cut off benefits to all vets to save money.  Sorry, you didn't want those foodstamps any way, did you?

America has had a tragic history of neglecting her veterans.
 
2013-11-11 03:11:42 PM  

midwestatheist: a 200 killstreak..  what kind of killstreak reward do you get for that


He got to watch the replays of the kills in his dreams for the rest of his life.
 
2013-11-11 03:12:47 PM  
I know it veterans day but it seems like Fark is sucking WWII's dick every goddamned day.
What's so great about war?
 
2013-11-11 03:13:27 PM  
Who didn't know about Audie Murphy?  Seriously?  I get that it was a long time ago and he's been dead over 40 years, but EVERYBODY knew about Audie Murphy.  This article is a reverse-Romero.
 
2013-11-11 03:15:14 PM  

Vectron: I know it veterans day but it seems like Fark is sucking WWII's dick every goddamned day.
What's so great about war?


30.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-11-11 03:16:51 PM  

RIP

www.autofisch.de
MURPHY
 
2013-11-11 03:20:25 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-11-11 03:20:26 PM  
I'm more a fan of the hispanic guy with adopted Japanese parents who got an entire cave full of Japanese soldiers (And I think civilians?) to surrender peacefully (and not go out in a blaze of glory).

With a candy bar.

Also I seem to recall he would jump on tanks, talk japanese to get them to open the tank, then get folks to surrender. Lemme see if I can dig his name up...
 
2013-11-11 03:21:33 PM  
I heard he was the Bear-Jew.
 
2013-11-11 03:22:41 PM  
Oh hey,t here we go. Guy Gabaldon. Single-handedly captured 1,500 troops over the course of the war.
 
2013-11-11 03:23:44 PM  

foo monkey: Who didn't know about Audie Murphy?  Seriously?  I get that it was a long time ago and he's been dead over 40 years, but EVERYBODY knew about Audie Murphy.  This article is a reverse-Romero.


A lot of the 19 and 20 year olds these days.

On another note. I need to make a road trip to Kentucky again, and lay some flowers on an ancestor's grave. He was twice decorated during the war with England in the revolutionary war.  Following which he went out to find some land.  The kentucky grave isn't near the farm he lived his life on.  But his family moved him there.
 
2013-11-11 03:26:59 PM  
Are we sure he wasn't just a piece of propaganda?  Who makes a movie about their own heroics?

How do we know his story has any basis in fact?
 
2013-11-11 03:28:29 PM  

Boloxor the Insipid: Are we sure he wasn't just a piece of propaganda?  Who makes a movie about their own heroics?

How do we know his story has any basis in fact?


Really livng up to the Fark handle!
 
2013-11-11 03:29:44 PM  

midwestatheist: a 200 killstreak..  what kind of killstreak reward do you get for that


You get a "M-M-M-M-M-MONSTERKILLLL!"
 
2013-11-11 03:30:27 PM  

Felgraf: Oh hey,t here we go. Guy Gabaldon. Single-handedly captured 1,500 troops over the course of the war.


May I present one of the most insane commanders to ever grace the face of the Earth.

Mr. Chesty Puller.

www.tricitymarines.com

In China in the 1930s, the dude would leap off horses to deliver asswhippings.
 
2013-11-11 03:32:54 PM  
And he relived it all over again when he made To Hell and Back.

But most regular folks don't know about his extraordinary efforts to help other veterans suffering from PTSD.  He brought a lot of attention to the disorder later in his life, and his involvement played an important role in relation to veterans eventually receiving treatment rather than scorn.  He spoke candidly about his struggles with it, and he encouraged the government and military to take it seriously and DO SOMETHING about it.

His first wife said he once saw pictures of German orphans, and cried bitterly over the thought that he had perhaps contributed to their plight by killing their parents during the war.

/watch him with Burt Lancaster in The Unforgiven
//his best job as an actor, he played a great role as the prejudiced middle brother
 
2013-11-11 03:33:07 PM  

Boloxor the Insipid: Are we sure he wasn't just a piece of propaganda?  Who makes a movie about their own heroics?

How do we know his story has any basis in fact?


Because it's one of the most well documented events in US Military History?

Also, Audie Murphy didn't view himself as a hero. He didn't view what he did as heroic, at all. He was oft quoted as saying "The real heroes are the ones with the wooden crosses"
 
2013-11-11 03:33:35 PM  

foo monkey: Who didn't know about Audie Murphy?  Seriously?  I get that it was a long time ago and he's been dead over 40 years, but EVERYBODY knew about Audie Murphy.  This article is a reverse-Romero.


I'm 37 and I'd never heard his name except in passing.  I thought he was an actor.  So I learned something today.
 
2013-11-11 03:35:24 PM  
Since we are doing this:

CHILDERS, ERNEST

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 45th Infantry Division
Place and date: At Oliveto, Italy, 22 September 1943
Entered service at: Tulsa, Okla.
G.O. No.: 30, 8 April 1944

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action on 22 September 1943, at Oliveto, Italy. Although 2d Lt. Childers previously had just suffered a fractured instep he, with 8 enlisted men, advanced up a hill toward enemy machinegun nests. The group advanced to a rock wall overlooking a cornfield and 2d Lt. Childers ordered a base of fire laid across the field so that he could advance. When he was fired upon by 2 enemy snipers from a nearby house he killed both of them. He moved behind the machinegun nests and killed all occupants of the nearer one. He continued toward the second one and threw rocks into it. When the 2 occupants of the nest raised up, he shot 1. The other was killed by 1 of the 8 enlisted men. 2d Lt. Childers continued his advance toward a house farther up the hill, and single-handed, captured an enemy mortar observer. The exceptional leadership, initiative, calmness under fire, and conspicuous gallantry displayed by 2d Lt. Childers were an inspiration to his men.

And the only Medal of Honor winner I got to personally meet. We named our middle school after him so he'd drop by from time to time to scare the every loving bat shiat out of us.

The guy was 100 years old and totally scared us.
 
2013-11-11 03:35:37 PM  

ristst: But most regular folks don't know about his extraordinary efforts to help other veterans suffering from PTSD. He brought a lot of attention to the disorder later in his life, and his involvement played an important role in relation to veterans eventually receiving treatment rather than scorn. He spoke candidly about his struggles with it, and he encouraged the government and military to take it seriously and DO SOMETHING about it.

His first wife said he once saw pictures of German orphans, and cried bitterly over the thought that he had perhaps contributed to their plight by killing their parents during the war.



Hero tag for that.
 
2013-11-11 03:37:03 PM  
No one is discounting the feats of Audie Murphy.  There were many badasses from that war that are lesser known but no less impressive.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simo_Hayha - 505 confirmed kills in less than 100 days with iron sights
 
2013-11-11 03:37:07 PM  

Starhawk: foo monkey: Who didn't know about Audie Murphy?  Seriously?  I get that it was a long time ago and he's been dead over 40 years, but EVERYBODY knew about Audie Murphy.  This article is a reverse-Romero.

I'm 37 and I'd never heard his name except in passing.  I thought he was an actor.  So I learned something today.


Today I learned he had severe PTSD.  :(  Makes this a little less badass and a little more sad.

Second Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire, which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad that was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued his single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way back to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack, which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.
 
2013-11-11 03:37:44 PM  
Just came here to say "200 kills" is not a farking score in a video game, and you should consider that they might well have been 200 brave men with families. I'm sure there are a few Germans and Japanese who did similar things to American service members. War is hell.
 
2013-11-11 03:40:39 PM  
Vectron: What's so great about war?

War sux.  Not living under the rule of a fascist dictator, that's the cool part.
 
2013-11-11 03:40:56 PM  

FarkedOver: [upload.wikimedia.org image 242x269]

Posted before and I'll post it again.  These volunteers were MUCH more badass (as were others from other countries joining the international brigades).  They served in integrated (many races, and women as well) units against fascism in Spain.  They returned to America only be looked upon with suspicion and labelled P.A. (premature anti-fascists) because they fought against fascism before anyone else decided it was a problem.  They didn't receive benefits, they didn't receive praise.  They received an FBI file because they were "subversive" and were dismissed as commies.

Today we just cut off benefits to all vets to save money.  Sorry, you didn't want those foodstamps any way, did you?

America has had a tragic history of neglecting her veterans.


I was raised Democrat in Illinois, and I can say without hyperbole that when it came to actually supporting the troops instead of "Supporting the TroopsTM," few people did it better than Congressman Lane Evans.  He was the first politician I ever really paid attention to, mainly because he was always making an issue about veterans benefits.

Of course, he was usually ignored, and even after the 9/11 hysteria when war fever was at its highest and every politician had to have the flag pin on their lapel and say "Support the Troops" in front of the camera three times a day, few politicians actually wanted to, you know, tell us that we have to PAY for any of that stuff. Evans would actually talk about our responsibility to take care of veterans.
 
2013-11-11 03:41:30 PM  
thewe.cc
 
2013-11-11 03:42:26 PM  
Funny story: My grandfather fought in WWII (in Europe) and got a Purple Heart. The story he told me is that he was trying to open a can of beans, and he cut his thumb badly enough that he needed a couple of stitches. The nurse said something like "Looks like you're injured. Want a Purple Heart?" He answered "Sure, why not?"

Not so funny story: From the original group of guys in his unit, he and one other guy were the only two who survived their entire tour of duty. Everyone else had to be replaced, while they were there... and he wasn't even part of the first wave of Americans. (My mom says his unit was sort of a clean-up crew, to eliminate any resistance the first wave may have missed.)
 
2013-11-11 03:43:08 PM  

Roadogs: Vectron: What's so great about war?

War sux.  Not living under the rule of a fascist dictator, that's the cool part.



When has the US been in danger of that?
 
2013-11-11 03:44:56 PM  

Roadogs: Vectron: What's so great about war?

War sux.  Not living under the rule of a fascist dictator, that's the cool part.


Lets tack on the end of extermination camps too. That's pretty rad
 
2013-11-11 03:46:50 PM  

Vectron: When has the US been in danger of that?


2000 - 2008?
 
2013-11-11 03:51:51 PM  
Read about his Distinguished Service Cross action. The film version is partially accurate to how insane the actual action was. Link

Film version.
 
2013-11-11 04:04:44 PM  
Veterans Day of 2063....

"For damage sustained to coding and transmission beyond the call of transponder range, President Roboto confers upon Drone Unit 88:1F:A1:59:7C:DG:H1 both the Purple Heartless medal and the Congressional Medal of Hover.
 
2013-11-11 04:06:41 PM  

hardinparamedic: Vectron: When has the US been in danger of that?

2000 - Present Day?


FTFY
 
2013-11-11 04:08:20 PM  

Vectron: Roadogs: Vectron: What's so great about war?

War sux.  Not living under the rule of a fascist dictator, that's the cool part.


When has the US been in danger of that?


www.weapons-universe.com

"You're welcome."

 
2013-11-11 04:10:55 PM  

Idealist1984: Just came here to say "200 kills" is not a farking score in a video game, and you should consider that they might well have been 200 brave men with families. I'm sure there are a few Germans and Japanese who did similar things to American service members. War is hell.


Pretty much that. The guys on the front lines who get bullets and bayonets are rarely the "bad guys". I have a hard time celebrating a kill count.
 
2013-11-11 04:10:59 PM  

I_C_Weener: Vectron: Roadogs: Vectron: What's so great about war?

War sux.  Not living under the rule of a fascist dictator, that's the cool part.


When has the US been in danger of that?

[www.weapons-universe.com image 552x300]"You're welcome."


He looks like he just ate something that would make a billy goat puke! GROSS!
 
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