The Stars and Stripes
A Hero Given Wings
Just seventeen years old, you joined the army.
Little did you know, you would soon be recognized
As World War II’s most decorated soldier.
Fighting off two-hundred and forty enemy Germans,
You became an army legend, not yet reaching twenty-one.
Earning the Medal of Honor and three Purple Hearts,
We proudly hold you as an American icon.
At twenty-four years old, Hollywood re-found your fame.
In forty-four movies and a TV series,
You became a favorite in our homes.
Ironically your last movie ever filmed,
“A Time for Dying” was never finished.
On May 28, 1971, after a fateful plane crash,
Your life was tragically cut short at just forty-five.
The world then knew that something dear was lost.
On a caisson drawn by six black horses,
The American flag draped across your casket,
You were laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
A Hero, Audie Murphy,
Heaven granted your wings, which were truly earned.