Audie Murphy's OD Field Jacket


Physical Description

Olive drab (OD) “Eisenhower type” jacket.

Specific History

Field jacket used by Second Lieutenant Audie L . Murphy, United States Army.

General History

Audie Murphy enlisted in the United States Army at age seventeen to make something of himself. By the end of World War II, Audie Murphy's exploits had earned him every medal his country could give. He was the war's most decorated soldier and a national hero. Four years later, as a struggling actor in Hollywood, he turned his wartime experiences into a best-selling book, To Hell and Back. He later starred in the film version of his book. He died in an 1971 airplane crash in Virginia while on a business trip.

His list of medals includes:

Medal of Honor

Distinguished Service Cross

Silver Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster

Legion of Merit

Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster

Purple Heart with Second Oak Leaf Cluster

U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal

Good Conduct Medal

Distinguished Unit Emblem with First Oak Leaf Cluster

American Campaign Medal

European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns), and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)

World War II Victory Medal

Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar

Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar

French Fourragère in Colors of the Croix de Guerre

French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier

French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star

French Croix de Guerre with Palm

Medal of Liberated France

Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm

User: Murphy, Audie

Location: Currently not on view

Associated Place: United StatesUsed In: Europe

Subject: Medal of HonorRelated Event: World War IIThe Great Depression and World War II


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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Charlene Barnes

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0428.01Catalog Number: 1985.0428.01Accession Number: 1985.0428

Object Name: jacket, fieldOther Terms: Jacket; jacket, field; Man; Army; Field

Physical Description: wool (overall material)olive drab (overall color)plastic (part material)Measurements: average spatial: 67 cm x 69 cm; x 26 3/8 in x 27 3/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1062076

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