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Nadene Lokey with a photo of her brother, World War II hero Audie Murphy, at her home in Farmersville, Texas on June 17. PHOTO by COOPER NEILL FOR THE TEXAS TRIBUNE

Nadene Lokey with a photo of her brother, World War II hero Audie Murphy, at her home in Farmersville, Texas on June 17. PHOTO by COOPER NEILL FOR THE TEXAS TRIBUNE


by AMAN BATHEJA

The Texas House unanimously approved a concurrent resolution last week that directs Gov. Rick Perry to posthumously award a Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Audie Murphy. The resolution is now awaiting action in the Senate.

Family members and fans of Murphy, who died in 1971, have been campaigning for him to receive the recognition for years.

During this year’s regular session, the Legislature passed House Bill 1589, which allows Perry to award two Legislative Medals of Honors during a regular legislative session, up from one, to help address a backlog of worthy recipients. Under the bill, no more than one recipient can be awarded for military service after 1955. A second medal can be awarded for service between 1835 and 1956.

Perry didn’t sign the bill until after the legislative ended, which appeared to quash any chance of Murphy receiving the medal this year.

Now in their second special session of the year, House lawmakers are expected to take up House Concurrent Resolution 3, from state Rep. Scott Turner, R-Frisco. The resolution states that Murphy “repeatedly risked his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers and to help advance their mission, and for his remarkable heroism he is most assuredly deserving of this state’s supreme military award.”

Turner believes that Perry can award Murphy the medal even though lawmakers are no longer in a regular legislative session, according to his legislative director, Nick Cantrell.

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AMAN BATHEJA reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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One thought on “Lawmakers trying again to award medal to Audie Murphy

  1. My email is in response to the internet article relating to the Texas Tribune story about giving the Texas Medal of Honor to Audie Murphy. Why wasn’t this medal given to Mr. Murphy shortly after WWII? This delay is shameful. The Texas legislature/Senate should be admonished for their delay. Family and friends of Audie Murphy should never have had to campaign for this medal let alone face the delays they did to get this medal awarded to him. He was a great soldier who’s life, as depicted in TO HELL AND BACK, should be a symbol of greatness and pride to the state of Texas.

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