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( Hays Free Press May 29, 2013 NEIGHBORS Page 5C + ' Vlphe three-day search for a his small size shielded him |missing private plane infrom the taunts of the younger 4- JLthe mountains of Virgin- kids. His formal education ia ended on May 31, 1971 with was interrupted in the fifth the discovery of the wreckage containing the bodies of the pilot and five passengers. Among the crash victims was Audie Murphy, Texas-born war hero and movie star. J For a teenaged autograph seeker, he once scribbled, 'Audie L. Murphy- a fugitive from the law of averages." Twenty-five years later, fate caught up with the sharecrop- per's son whose battlefield exploits won a chest full of medals and worldwide fame. The birth of their seventh child in 1924 was a mixed blessing at best for the dirt- poor Murphys of rural Hunt County. An undependable provider, Pat Murphy was easily distracted from his domestic duties and just like clockwork vanished for weeks at a time. Shelter was a clapboard house with paper-thin walls and later a remodeled boxcar. During the Depression, the Murphys survived on the char- ity of area churches. Audie did not see the inside of a classroom until he was ' nine years old, but even so grade, when the youngster was forced to contribute a pay- check. Once again his father had disappeared, this time for good. Audie's mother died at 49 in the spring of 1941, an early grave her reward for a harsh hand-to-mouth existence. The three younger children were packed offto an orphanage leaving grief-stricken Audie on his own. The eager enlistee was turned down the following year by the Marines and Army paratroopers. With his baby face and pint-size stature -- five feet five inches and 110 pounds -- Audie looked closer to 13 than his actual 17 years. But another birthday satis- fied the local Army recruiter, and in June 1942 the excited volunteer boarded the bus for basic training. After a brief taste of action in North Africa, the infantry- man took part in the Allied in- vasion of Sicily and the Italian mainland in mid-1943. Dur- ing the next year and a half, the diminutive dogface wrote an amazing new chapter in the IIS WEEK IN annals of American heroism. While U.S. forces systemati- cally purged Italy of Germans, Audie displayed extraordi- nary courage and daring. His single-handed destruction of an enemy tank in March 1944 merited the Bronze Star, the first of a record collection of combat citations. A remarkable marksman, Audie won countless sniper duels. Teaming up with a buddy fluent in German, he slipped behind enemy lines in the dead of night to snare en- emy soldiers for interrogation. But the Texan's dramatic destiny lay in the blood- drenched meadows of south- ern France. Five months of constant fighting earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, a pair of Silver Stars and a horde of lesser medals as well as two wounds. These deeds, however, only served as a dress rehearsal for an unfor- gettable solo performance on Jan. 26, 1945. That morning Audie, who had risen in rank from private to first lieutenant, assumed command of his original company. Hours later the unit faced annihilation from a column of German armor. Or- dering his men into a nearby forest, Lt. Murphy remained at his hazardous post and re- I layed coordinates over a field telephone to a distant artillery battery. When the barrage failed to halt the German advance, Audie grabbed a machine-gun atop a burning tank destroyer. Firing nonstop for an hour, he repulsed wave after wave of at- tackers. Sustaining at least 50 casualties from the one-man army, the incredulous Ger- mans retreated leaving Audie without so much as a scratch. Eleven days after receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor and the French Legion of Merit, an awed Audie was greeted at San Antonio by 250,000 cheering Texans. The shy 21 year old with the juve- nile good looks was suddenly a national hero, the most decorated soldier in American history. A surprise invitation from actor James Cagney offered a welcomed break from the hectic schedule of parades and banquets. The stay at the film legend's California estate con- cluded with the guest choos- ing Hollywood over a military career or veterinary studies. Although critics applauded Audie for impressive perfor- mances in The Red Badge of Courage and To Hell and Back, the film version of his best-sefilng autobiography, mediocre westerns became his bread and Butter. Be- tween 1949 and 1967, the hard-working actor appeared in 44 motion pictures, all but a dozen sagebrush sagas. He also gave television a try in 1961, but his series Whisper- ingSmith lasted just one season. For Audie the rosy life of a movie star concealed a bushel of thorns. Painful souve- nirs of his European ex- perience were insomnia and chronic stomach problems. A fourth- grade education ill prepared him for busi- ness, and he declared bankruptcy in 1968. The twin-engine private plane car- rying the actor and five others plowed into a fog-shrouded Virginia moun- tain on May 28, 1971 killing all on-board. In a melancholy coincidence, confirmation of Audie Murphy's tragic death came on Memorial Day. Interested in collections of Bartee Haile's columns? Visit the "Gen- eral Store" at or request a list from P.O. Box 152, Friend- swood, TX 77549 !I. ,1 III i:::d 5TORE II Pharmacy312"21n I ' ~'- Your Hometown McDonald's ~,::'~ :~"~ ~'~ ', | McDonald's of Buda iJ :Y I ~ l / 153591H'35 Ste. B :1 i I , I P.O. Box1++4. Bu o,T 8 1o I I II / 512-312-2383 ::| J I / 1 Locally owned and operated ~ = a'l I L by Jimmy and Cindi Ferg .... i'm Iovin' itJ ',EBROCK / VETERINARICLINIC / 2325 FM 967" 312-0701 J ~ We are proud to serve this community j Log onto NEWS LE'FrERS OBITS ~., : ~ CALENDAR * PHOTO GALLERY J" ~;.. 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Uh and CHURCH OF CHRIST Buda-Kyle Church of Christ 3,5 miles south of Buda on FM 2770 Southern Hills Church of Chdet 3740 FM 967, Buda Sledge & Lockhart St,; Kyle at Painted Horse Pavitlton onFM 1626 [ ; St. John's P~dan Church 12420 Hewtit I.Jt. Menchaca St. Paul's UNted Methodist Church 7206 Crsedmoor Rd., Creadmoor t Flint PrcM=lftedan Clturch 410 W, HutchtsoP,, San Mamos, TX 7B666 UNITE~ CHURCH OF CHRIST Driftwood United Methodist Church 1Hnity United Chu~h of Nlederwaid RR 150 at Count~ Road 170 13700 Camino Real, HWy, 2t, Niederwaid J Air Conditioning & Heating Service 3 ~/2 Ton EI~ R410-A, $3!Ug.4S k. Lic#TACLB27319E A-Tech.) 25 ' N D~ P( B2 ~ '~B TgH~e:/',E'uAdGETeNxT 78610 J TEXAS LEHIGH] CEMENT CO, L~J CENTEX MATERIALS LLC FM 2770, Buda, Texas 295-4801 DIRE(;TORY OF LOCAL CHURCHES PRIMERA IGLESIA BAUTISTA DE BUDA 104 S. San Marcos Street 512-295-8768 HORARIO/SCHEDULE DominlP/Snndsy: Eseuela Dominic~gSunday School ............................ 9:45 a.m+ Culto de Predicaci6n/Womhip Service ................... 1 i :00 a,m. Scan Todos Bienvenidos Worship Service, 10:55 a.m. (English and Spanish) Putors 4000 EaM FM 150 WEDNESDAY: Silverlo Hernandez (4 mile~ nut of Kyle) (512) 268-5471Bible Study & Prayer, 7 p.m. and Dr, Dennis Koger Womens & Mens Groupi 5od i EVERY OTHER FRIDAY: Youth Group with Buda United Methodist Church Elm Street & San Marcos Traditional Worship (Worship Center)-9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages)-10:15 a.m. Contemporary Worship (Worship Center)-ll a.m. Rev. Nancy Day Office 295-6981, Parsonage 512-393-9772 ! SANTA CRUZ CATHOLIC CHURCH 1100 Main Street Buda,Texas 78610 Office: 512-312-2520 Fax: 512-295-2034 " Re','. Kirby D. Garner, Pastor Ft. Charlie Garza,Assoc. Pastor CONFESSION OFFICE HOURS Saturdays: 4 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MASS SCHEDULE: Saturday evening: 5:30 p.m. _~_ Sunday t~ "rm~ ~~w~ ~; co~nge,~a~ 8:30 a.m. (Spanish), 11 a.m. (English) 5 p.m. (English) Baptist Church 9:15 Traditional Service . I0:45 Contemporary Service Classes for all ages at 9:15 and 10:45 St. John A FOUNTAIN OF I~ We are a non- I [~l denominational church [ ] ~[~~S'~ currently meeting at [ I ~~~++ I Tom Green Elementary, ] I~k ~[~:~ i!3~J 1301Old Goforth Road [ I~ i.o~ I / Services I Call 512-393-4460 Free Lunch I 1Sun 10'30 a m [ or go to I Buffet I |Wed. 7:30 plmll [ Last Sunday of ] !k I for more info. I eachmonth ; First Baptist Church A loving & caring Southern Baptist Church 104 S. San Marcos Street, Buda Buddy Johnson, Pastor 295-2161 Sunday School ........................................... 9:45 a.m. Morning Worship .................................... 11:00 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study/Youth Activities ...6:00 p.m. AWANA's (Wednesday) .......................... 6:00 p.m. Nursery Provided fbcbuda@austinx~com Lutheran Church of Uhland, LCMS Highway 21, Uhland Bible Study ....................... '9:15 a.m. Church Services ................. 10:30 a.m. Pastor: Rev. David Goeke 210-635-8584 20 N. Camino Real [State Hwy. 21} Uhland, Texas 78040 SUNDAYS 10AM ~orMa~Peclna ~ ~J~u~lH3~ 5'12.803.5909 B~x ~,TX 78610 t,5mlie~ of~ ~Southern Hills Church of Christ ~hrist ~ Sewing Others / :::/WO'IP Wg:I:0::SI Bible Class 10:00amWorship 6:00pm Worship Wednesday 7:00pm Bible Class 3740 Ranch Road 967 Buda, Texas w',w~.s0 uthem hillscoc.o rg (512) 312-5900 All services are sign-interpreted for the deaf