True-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII. Native of Texas, he was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them. His many acts of bravery and heroism during the US military advance through Italy, France and into Germany earn him increasing rank and responsibility as well as the respect of his comrades in arms. Eventually he receives two dozen of the highest medals the US and France can bestow, culminating in the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Written by
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Audie Murphy was the most decorated US soldier of World War II. According to this film, when he applied for service with the Navy, the Marines and the Army he was turned down by all three branches. Moreover, when he joined his combat unit, one of his superiors considered transferring him out of the company for being unfit for combat. See more »
When Audie Murphy is in Italy and the young boy shines his shoes, Murphy gives the boy a chocolate bar and the boy replies "Gracias", which is Spanish. The Italian is "Grazie". See more »
[Observing the starving Italian orphans picking through garbagr cans]
They picked a great time to be born, didn't they?
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Quite often I see a movie then seek out the book but when I came to the US from Canada when I was 13 the first purchase I made was the paperback version of "To Hell and Back" ($0.35). Of course Audie Murphy is perfectly cast and gives a performance far superior to any of his subsequent movie roles. The others, notably Marshall Thompson, Jack Kelly, David Janssen and Art Aragon give satisfying performances. In many ways this was the "Saving Private Ryan" of its time for its "realistic" portrayal of the foot soldier in WW 2. Life magazine boosted the audience for this film when it put Murphy on the cover and emphasized that the story was true. I think that it works because Murphy doesn't look like the typical movie hero. The book is once again available in a new larger page-size paperback.
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