HEROES: To Hell and Not Quite Back

When Audie Murphy returned from World War II, not yet 21 and the war's most decorated hero, he held the promise of an emerald future. Winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor and 23 other citations, credited with killing an estimated 240 Germans, the baby-faced kid from Kingston, Texas, was feted by the press and patriotic organizations, courted by business, industry and Hollywood. To an adoring public, he represented that elusive American ideal: the small-town boy who, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, goes on to perform such deeds as dreams and motion pictures...

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