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The Hollywood actor and World War II hero's lieutenant's hat, a lobby card for his film Battle at Bloody Beach and a signed document.
Comprises: (1) Dark green officer's hat.
The wool hat with black and gold piping bears a silver first lieutenant's bar pinned at front. When flattened, the hat measures 10x5. Fine condition. With color copy (on 8½x11 sheet) of the original signed card indicating that "Lt. Audie Murphy, U.S.A." donated this hat to the "Navy Relief Fund Auction". These auctions, held for the benefit of Navy veterans, were first held in 1944. Heavily creased. (2) Original unsigned color lobby card, color, 14x11. Battle at Bloody Beach stars Audie Murphy (pictured) as Craig Benson, a civilian working for the Navy helping supply guerilla insurgents in the Philippines in WWII. His sole motive is to find his bride from whom he was separated during the Japanese invasion two years earlier. Lightly creased at lower margin. Lightly soiled and stained. Ink and pencil notes (unknown hand) on verso (no show through). (3) Document Signed: "Audie/Murphy", 1p, 8½x11. No place, 1969 June 19. In part: "For the purposes of AFTRA, the Sid Gold-Jack Fields Agency must file a copy of your 'Consent of Assignment' of the Sid Gold-Jack Fields Agency contract under Rule 12-B to the single ownership under Jack X Fields, dba Sid Gold-Jack Fields Agency...." Murphy signs in agreement. Lightly creased. Stray ink mark at upper margin. Overall, fine condition. In 1969, the year of this document, Audie Murphy's WWII poem, "Freedom Flies in Your Heart Like an Eagle", was set to music by Scott Turner and published by Music Machine Music as "Dusty Old Helmet". It begins: "Dusty old helmet, rusty old gun./They sit in the corner and wait-/Two souvenirs of the Second World War/That have withstood the time, and the hate." Audie Murphy (1924-1971) was born to a poor Irish sharecropper in Kingston, Texas. He would become the most decorated United States soldier in World War II and a successful movie star. Having always dreamed of joining the military he changed his birthdate to join The United States Army when he was only seventeen. During the war Murphy was promoted several times and eventually took command of his own company. On January 26, 1945 his unit was part of the battle at Holtzwihr, France. After his unit was reduced to the strength of nineteen men he sent all of his men to the rear while he covered. After running out of ammunition Murphy climbed into a burning tank destroyer and began cutting down German infantry with its .50 caliber machine gun. Continuing single handedly, with the help of artillery he called in, he fought back the Germans for over an hour. He organized a counter attack and would drive the enemy from Holtzwihr. For his valor on the day he was awarded the Medal of Honor. His service during the war gained him thirty three U.S. medals, including every medal available at the time. After the war he suffered from various mental illnesses and became very outspoken about his own problems with Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome. In 1945 actor James Cagney invited Murphy to come work in Hollywood. In 1949 he got his first leading role in the film Bad Boy. In 1949 he released a ghostwritten Autobiography To Hell and Back which became a national bestseller. In the 1955 film version of the book he portrayed himself and To Hell and Back became Universal's biggest hit at the time. He spent twenty five years in Hollywood, making forty four feature films. He also appeared on television and became a successful country music songwriter. On May 28, 1971 Murphy died when his private plane crashed in Virginia, he was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Three items.

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Born: June 20, 1925 in Kingston, Texas
Died: May 28, 1971 in Catawba, Virginia

Film Credits
2005 Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (Other), 1996 Biography (Other), 1976 America at the Movies (Other), 1971 Travelin' Light (in person), 1969 A Time for Dying (Producer), 1969 A Time for Dying (Performer), 1967 40 Guns to Apache Pass (Performer), 1966 The Texican (Performer), 1966 Gunpoint (Performer), 1966 Einer spielt falsch (Performer), 1965 Arizona Raiders (Performer), 1964 The Quick Gun (Performer), 1964 Bullet for a Badman (Performer), 1964 Apache Rifles (Performer), 1963 Showdown (Performer), 1963 Gunfight at Comanche Creek (Performer), 1962 War Is Hell (Performer), 1962 Six Black Horses (Performer), 1961 Whispering Smith (Performer), 1961 Posse from Hell (Performer), 1961 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1961 Battle at Bloody Beach (Performer), 1961 Audie Murphy in Nuremberg (in person), 1960 The Unforgiven (Performer), 1960 Startime (Performer), 1960 Seven Ways from Sundown (Performer), 1960 Hell Bent for Leather (Performer), 1959 The Wild and the Innocent (Performer), 1959 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (in person), 1959 No Name on the Bullet (Performer), 1959 Cast a Long Shadow (Performer), 1958 The Quiet American (Performer), 1958 The Gun Runners (Performer), 1958 Rock 'Em Cowboy (in person), 1958 Ride a Crooked Trail (Performer), 1958 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1957 The Guns of Fort Petticoat (Performer), 1957 The Guns of Fort Petticoat (Producer), 1957 Suspicion (Performer), 1957 Night Passage (Performer), 1957 Joe Butterfly (Performer), 1956 World in My Corner (Performer), 1956 Walk the Proud Land (Performer), 1955 What's My Line (in person), 1955 To Hell and Back (Writer), 1955 To Hell and Back (Performer), 1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour (in person), 1955 Medal of Honor (in person), 1955 Allen in Movieland (in person), 1954 Ride Clear of Diablo (Performer), 1954 Drums Across the River (Performer), 1954 Destry (Performer), 1953 Tumbleweed (Performer), 1953 Gunsmoke (Performer), 1953 Column South (Performer), 1952 The Duel at Silver Creek (Performer), 1952 The Cimarron Kid (Performer), 1952 Lux Video Theatre (Performer), 1951 The Red Badge of Courage (Performer), 1950 The Kid from Texas (Performer), 1950 Sierra (Performer), 1950 Kansas Raiders (Performer), 1949 Bad Boy (Performer), 1948 Texas, Brooklyn & Heaven (Performer), 1948 Beyond Glory (Performer)

Released: June 1, 1961

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