AUDIE MURPHY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/05/1957 - HFSID 273005
Sale Price $680.00
Rare letter from the World War II hero thanking a friend for a Christmas card, saying "It made our Christmas brighter to know you were thinking of us."
Typed Letter signed: "Audie/Murphy", 1p, 8½x11. Universal City, California, 1957 January 5. On letterhead of Universal-International Pictures to "Dear Lucy". In full: "Pam and I want to thank you for the lovely Christmas card. It made our Christmas brighter to know you were thinking of us. Our best wishes for the New Year. Sincerely". Typed postscript: "Under separate cover I am sending you the picture you requested. Surely hope you like it." [Picture not included] Murphy was married to his second wife, the former Pamela Archer, from April 23, 1951 until his death on May 28, 1971; the couple had two sons. In 1957, Murphy was seen on the big screen in The Guns of Fort Petticoat, Joe Butterfly and Night Passage, and he made a guest appearance on a episode of the TV series, Suspicion.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. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "M" of Murphy. Ink smudged at the descender of the "y" in Murphy. Minor type transference at blank areas. Slightly shaded. Fine condition.
Following offer submission users will be contacted at their account email address within 48 hours. Our response will be to accept your offer, decline your offer or send you a final counteroffer. All offers can be viewed from within the "Document Offers" area of your HistoryForSale account. Please review the Make Offer Terms prior to making an offer.
If you have not received an offer acceptance or counter-offer email within 24-hours please check your spam/junk email folder.