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.
While on a scouting party along the Volturno River, he and two other soldiers were ambushed; German machine gun fire killed one soldier.
Murphy and the other survivor responded by killing five Germans with hand grenades and machine gun fire.
Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971, which was shortly before his 46th birthday.
He was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
His father drifted in and out of the family's life and eventually deserted them. But when she passed away, she took something of me with her. but the Army, Navy and Marine Corps all turned him down for being underweight and underage. Murphy was shipped to Casablanca in French Morocco on 20 February 1943.
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Murphy's older sister helped him to falsify documentation about his birthdate 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.
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