Nobody can say Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t appreciate a war hero, although some might question his timing.
Today, Perry awarded the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Audie Murphy, a World War II hero.
The timing is rather curious, seeing as how Murphy has been dead for more than 40 years. Oh yeah, and during his lifetime Murphy was awarded with more medals than just about any U.S. soldier ever.
Murphy was the most decorated soldier of WWII, a courageous badass who ended up with Bronze Stars, Silver Stars, Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor, the highest medal for bravery awarded by the military to U.S. soldiers.
He’s also got his face on a stamp and his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Murphy died in 1971.
“Audie Murphy remains a shining example for anyone who believes in the importance of service, for generations now and into the future,” Perry said.
No word on whether Davy Crockett will also be honored.
State officials might have been spurred to present the award after hearing Murphy’s relatives lamenting to the New York Times in June that Murphy had never been awarded his home state’s highest medal for military service. The article describes how efforts by family members to have Murphy awarded posthumously were thwarted by bureaucratic red tape and a large number of potential candidates in “a state with an oversize military presence.”
“It’s an honor that’s long overdue for Audie Murphy, and the governor is very proud to have played a role in making this award possible,” the governor’s spokesman Rich Parsons told Blotch this afternoon.