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Name: Audie Leon Murphy                                                       
Born: 20 June 1925 Kingston, Texas                                           
Died: 28 May 1971 Brush Mountain near Catawba or Roanoke, Virginia           
Audie Leon Murphy (June 20, 1925 - May 28, 1971) was an American soldier in   
World War II, who later became an actor, appearing in 44 American films.He   
also found success as a country music composer.                               
In 27 months of combat action, Murphy became the most decorated United States 
combat soldier of World War II, and United States military history. He       
received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military's highest award for valor, along
with 32 additional U.S. medals, five from France, and one from Belgium.       
Murphy had a successful movie career, including the extremely popular To Hell 
and Back (1955), based on his memoir of the same name (1949), and starred in 
33 Hollywood Westerns. He died in a plane crash in 1971 and was interred,     
with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery (his is the second 
most-visited gravesite, after that of President John F. Kennedy).