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Tiny Texan Won Most Combat Medals In WWII

Audie Murphy jumped on top of a burning tank destroyer on January 26, 1945 and for the next hour singlehandedly¬†fought an advancing German column to a standstill.¬† When the smoke cleared, the five-foot five-inch Texan had killed or wounded 50 enemy soldiers and saved his fellow GI’s.

For his incredible heroics that day in France, Murphy was awarded more combat citations than any American in World War II.  With the help of Hollywood legend James Cagney, he went on to make dozens of movies, mostly B-Westerns, before his death at 45 in a 1971 plane crash.