Dr. David A. Smith is a senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from what is now Texas State University in San Marcos, and his Ph.D. in modern American history from the University of Missouri in the year 2000. He is the author of The Price of Valor: The Life of Audie Murphy, America’s Most Decorated Hero of World War II.
Do you know who Audie Murphy is? After just celebrating Memorial Day, it is important that we remember and celebrate our heroes and their sacrifices. Murphy, The Most Decorated Soldier of World War II, lived a life full of turmoil and triumph. The story of Audie Murphy is really the story of the effect of war on the individual soldier and how he must handle “the single most pervasive, traumatic experience of war”: killing and seeing others killed. In the book, David tells a timeless story; one of heroism and tragedy. Audie Murphy’s life story is the “cautionary tale of a hero” that the American public has forgotten.
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