Tuesday, June 05, 2012

An E-Mail Worth Posting - The passing of Pamela Murphy in April 2010 - Wife of Audie Murphy

NOT MANY YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW WHO AUDIE MURPHY WAS OR HOW BIG A WAR HERO HE WAS. TWO OR THREE OF THE MEDALS HE EARNED WOULD MAKE MOST SERVICE MEN PROUD BUT TO HAVE EARNED HIS DECORATIONS IN BATTLE IS,TRULY, UNBELIEVABLE. NOW TO FIND OUT THAT HIS WIDOW WAS, ALSO, MOST, CERTAINLY, A HERO.

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Pamela Murphy, widow of WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, died peacefully at her home on April 8, 2010. She was the widow of the most decorated WWII hero and actor, Audie Murphy, and established her own distinctive 35 year career working as a patient liaison at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration hospital, treatingevery veteran who visited the facility as if they were a VIP.

Any soldier or Marine who came into the hospital got the same special treatment from her. She would walk the hallways with her clipboard in hand making sure her boys got to see the specialist they needed.

If they didn't, watch out. Her boys weren't Medal of Honor recipients or movie stars like Audie, but that didn't matter to Pam. They had served their country. That was good enough for her. She never called a veteran by his first name. It was always "Mister." Respect came with the job.

"Nobody could cut through VA red tape faster than Mrs. Murphy," said veteran Stephen Sherman, speaking for thousands of veterans she befriended over the years. "Many times I watched her march a veteran who had been waiting more than an hour right into the doctor's office. She was even reprimanded a few times, but it didn't matter to Mrs. Murphy. "Only her boys mattered. She was our angel."

Audie Murphy died broke in a plane crash in 1971, squandering millions of dollars on gambling, bad investments, and yes, other women. "Even with the adultery and desertion at the end, he always remained my hero," Pam told me.

She went from a comfortable ranch-style home in Van Nuys where she raised two sons to a small apartment - taking a clerk's job at the nearby VA to support herself and start paying off her faded movie star husband's debts. At first, no one knew who she was. Soon, though, word spread throughthe VA that the nice woman with the clipboard was Audie Murphy's widow. It was like saying General Patton had just walked in the front door. Men with tears in their eyes walked up to her and gave her a hug.

"Thank you," they said, over and over.

The first couple of years, I think the hugs were more for Audie's memory as a war hero. The last 30 years, they were for Pam.

One year I asked her to be the focus of a Veteran's Day column for all the work she had done. Pam just shook her head no.

"Honor them, not me," she said, pointing to a group of veterans down the hallway. "They're the ones who deserve it."

The vets disagreed. Mrs. Murphy deserved the accolades, they said. Incredibly, in 2002, Pam's job was going to be eliminated in budget cuts. She was considered "excess staff." "I don't think helping cut down on veterans' complaints and showing them the respect they deserve, should be considered excess staff," she told me. Neither did the veterans. They went ballistic, holding a rally for her outside the VA gates. Pretty soon, word came down from the top of the VA. Pam Murphy was no longer considered "excess staff."

She remained working full time at the VA until 2007 when she was 87. "The last time she was here was a couple of years ago for the conference we had for homeless veterans," said Becky James, coordinator of the VA's Veterans History Project. Pam wanted to see if there was anything she could do to help some more of her boys. Pam Murphy was 90 when she died last week. What a lady.

12 comments:

Aldo Raine said...

He doesn't look anything like Eddie or Charlie. I'm guessing they have different fathers.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

May she find the peace in death that she tried to give veterans in life.

Anonymous said...

Damn shame. World needs more people like this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this DSLC

Anonymous said...

RIP PAM.

Anonymous said...

Audie is #1 on Cracked's list of 5 real life Rambos. 5'5" and 110 lbs of pure steel balls. Look him up.

il Mustachio

Anonymous said...

hoolywood and the demons he recalled from ww11 destroyed Audie,where were his good friends who made money off him when he needed them, just like some of the irish cocksuckers on the job.

Anonymous said...

Not to disrespect the memory of a great war hero, but I recently read accounts in an old Tribune artical fron the 50's or 60's how he was a huge gambler, and how he made bets with some bookie here for years and always lost. Once, though, he hit big and the jagoff wouldn't answer the phone, so he sent some tough guy here to collect. No go, though. Back in those days you could really hide.

I Voted For Obama said...

Pamela Murphy did not vote for Obama.

Anonymous said...

This guy had the short mans disease. 5'5" and a buck fifteen. A real pipsqueak. Who would ever think that he would be such a hero? I guess you just don't know what a man will do when the chips are down. We needed a hero and Audie stepped up. The words, with no regard for his personal safety are appropriate for this man. He made his mark. He was a miniature tiger! God Bless he and his wife.

Anonymous said...

Audie Murphy was a fucking ape!!!! That boy chimped the fuck out vs Germany. Dat nigga was a fucking maniac. That boy was so off the hook France even gave him props for erasing Germans all over their countryside.

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