He was just a boy. 16 years old. His father had abandoned the family, and his mother had passed away. After Pearl Harbor, Audie had lied about his age to join the army. Now, three years later, he is one of thousands of troops fighting their way into France during Operation Dragoon.
Leading his platoon through a vineyard in southern France, Audie fended off a German attack and killed two enemy soldiers. Two other German soldiers exited a house to surrender. Audie’s best friend, Lattie Tipton, approached the two to accept their surrender and was promptly shot dead.
Enraged, Murphy charged. He killed killed those who had shot his friend. Using the German’s machine gun and grenades, he killed all inside the house, saving the lives of the other men in his platoon.
Audie Murphy was the perfect picture ofan American hero. By the time the war was over, he had singlehandedly killed an estimated 240 enemy soldiers. He was awarded 33 military medals, including three people hearts, the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, and the Bronze Star. He was, in his own way, the picture of a savior.
Our Savior… The Savior… Is son of God, the Father who never abandons us. Our Savior fights our battles. He defeats our enemies. He reeks vengeance on those He deems necessary. To say he is a hero is a tragic understatement. He is The Hero, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Jesus, Our Savior, defeated the ultimate enemy: death. Along the way, He defeated sin. He defeated Satan. You are a part of His platoon. All you have to do is follow Him through the war zone.
Don’t be afraid. Follow Him. Fear Not, for the Lord is Our Savior. He is our salvation…