(Centerville) Did you know know one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II has a local tie to his heroic efforts for the red, white and blue?
This is the story of Audie Murphy as told by Randy Tolliver, the representative of V.F.W. District 8.
Tolliver says Murphy was a fighting machine.
And here’s how Audie Murphy’s story will always be tied to southeast Missouri.
Brawley also received a special combat award from the same battle.
The Centerville soldier was awarded the Silver Star for his gallantry in action while serving in France against the enemy with Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division on January 26th, 1945.
You can read more details on the Reynolds County soldier and Audie Murphy just by googling Staff Sergeant Elmer Brawley.