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Robert Murphy War Record

Murphy was not in Sicily, joined Co A late in July í43 as either a replacement for Co A of the 505th Parachute Infantry or was in the hospital but did not go into Sicily.

Murphy got his Combat Infantryman's Badge for Salerno, not Sicily.       

Heís wounded on 30 September 1943 (15 days in combat)

Murphy wounded on 6 June 1944 shot in the ass (in combat a few hours), was not at la Fiere after 6 June 1944.

Murphy was in jail waiting for a trial 12 September 1944 only avoided jail by jumping into Holland.

Murphy sick again on 31 October 1944 to 8 November 1944 (8 days) NBC (Non-Battle Casualty).

Murphy in hospital again 5 December 1944 never again in combat.  He was NBC starting on 5 December.

In total it showing his Morning Report pages only had one mistake made is when they have Murphy listed as WIA at the very end.  That was a Non-Battle Casualty. 

Murphy used a Section 8 scam the first week of March 1945 to go home before the War ended.  He was back in states 23 May 1945 months before Veterans who had the points were able to come back to the States.  Murphy left Europe on 1 May 1945, the Co A men for the 505th Prcht Inf were still at war, but Murphy wasnít.  This Goldbricker has a street named after him in St. Mere Eglise, how sad is that?

Boston Obit has him at 17 joining the service Murphy was 18 and the Boston Obit has him as a Col.  Murphy was never higher that a Private during WWII though.  He has Sgt down on his discharge, which is pure fantasy as well.  Murphy did not lead the Pathfinders into Normandy with the 82nd Abn Div contrary to what someone put in the comment section of this 2008 Boston Obit said.  Murphy was a Private and an Officer led the 82nd Abn Div into Normandy.  Murphy was in the third plane of the Pathfinders for the 82nd Abn Div 505th Prcht Inf.  How can a Private lead Officers into combat?  They canít.  He was a Pathfinder, but he didnít outrank Officers and NCOs.

Murphy and Manoian were two birds of a feather.  Both were in the Service but that is the only thing we can trust.  Murphy kept quiet about Manoian because Manoin must have known that Murphy came home early as well.  Both Murphy and Manoian were able to go home early Murphy 1 May 1945 and Manoian 2 May 1945.

In the Robert Murphy 53-55 discharge he is listed as being in Sicily and Northern France.  Murphy was in neither.  None of the 505th Prcht Inf men were in Northern France Campaign as that was between 25 July 1944 and 16 September 1944.  The 505 was in England at that time period.  Murphy was a Pathfinder but apparently it wasnít enough for him.  

A 505th Prcht Inf Veteran who went through the entire was in combat a total of 304 days.  Murphy was in combat a total of 56 days or 19 percent of the 505th Campaigns.  Murphy spent much more time in the Hospital for NBC (Non-Battle Casualty) than time in combat.

Murphy and Manoian are heroes to some, why I donít know as they both worked the system and got back before a majority of the Soldiers in Europe.  Murphy had one brief moment of redemption with his book No Better Place to Die.  Murphy recorded the Co A men in Normandy and did good work in the book.  Even then Murphy had to change the book and put his name in the key spots of the book and removed the names of his fellow Co A men in some instances in the second edition of his book.  

Show me one Paratrooper that brags about his exploits in combat and Iíll show you a liar.  I have yet to meet (speak) to a single Paratrooper who bragged about his exploits.  They might brag about things other that combat, but never about killing someone.

Some people will scream and cry at the top of their lungs but that is all they can do.  The documentation shows the truth and some people hate the truth. 

Click here to see the documentation.


Brian N. Siddall

June 5, 2014

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