Murphy grew up on a sharecropper's farm in Hunt County, Texas.
Seeking an escape from that life in 1942, he looked to the #Marines.
But it was not his age that kept him out of the Marines; it was his size.
Despondent, he chose the infantry.
After the capture of Rome, Murphy earned his first decoration for gallantry.
Against the onslaught of six Panzer tanks and 250 infantrymen, Murphy ordered his men to fall back to better their defenses.
His photograph appeared on the cover of @Life magazine and he was persuaded by actor James Cagney to embark on an acting career.
The following year he published his wartime memoirs, To Hell and Back, which received good reviews. Later he portrayed himself in the 1955 movie version.
The stone is, as he was, too small.