This true-life account of the military career of Audie Murphy was taken from the autobiography of Audie Murphy and starred Audie Murphy, playing himself.
A native of Texas, Murphy was placed in charge of his many younger siblings on the death of his mother and decided to join the military at the age of 18 to provide for them.
According to the film, Audie Murphy fought in seven major campaigns during World War II and his many acts of bravery and heroism during the advance through Italy, France and into Germany earned him increasing rank and responsibility
He received the Bronze Star (and later had a Bronze Service Arrowhead added to it), three Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, two Silver Stars and a Distinguished Service Cross. From France, he was awarded two Croix de Guerre medals with Palms and the Legion of Honour Chevalier.
Shortly after his 19th birthday, he was awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honour that an American soldier can be awarded.
Audie Murphy died on 28 May 1971 when the private plane in which he was a passenger crashed into a mountain near Roanoke, Virginia. He was just 46.