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Near Catawba in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Audie Murphy Monument
Audie Murphy Crash Site
 
Audie Murphy Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
1. Audie Murphy Monument Marker
 
Inscription.
Audie Leon Murphy
June 20, 1924
May 28, 1971

Born in Kingston, Texas, died near this site in an airplane crash. America's most decorated veteran of World War II. He served in the European Theatre-15th Infantry Regiment-3rd Infantry Division and earned 24 decorations, including the Medal of Honor, Legion of Merit, Dinstinguished Service Cross and three Purple Hearts.

He is survived by his wife Pamela, and two sons, Terry Michael and James Shannon.
 
Erected 1974 by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5311 Christiansburg, Virginia.
 
Location. 37° 21.871′ N, 80° 13.544′ W. Marker is near Catawba, Virginia, in Roanoke County. Marker can be reached from Brush Mountain Road 4 miles from Newport Road (Virginia Route 624). Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Catawba VA 24070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Catawba Sanatorium (approx. 6.7 miles away); Fort Lewis (approx. 8.2 miles away); Colonial Mansion Site (approx. 8.2 miles away); Roanoke College (approx. 8.6 miles away); Montgomery White Sulphur Springs (approx. 8.7 miles away); Bow String Arch Truss (approx. 8.7 miles away); 9-11-2001 Memorial (approx. 8.8 miles away); Old Salem Inns (approx. 8.9 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
Audie Murphy Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
2. Audie Murphy Monument Marker
 

 
Also see . . .  The Audie L. Murphy Memorial Website. Probably the most thorough site about Audie Murphy on the web. One of the 'Places' included on this site is this Audie Murphy Monument. It is interesting to note the pictures here and on the Audie Murphy Memorial Website. Visitors have lately taken to adding small stones and mementos to the memorial. (Submitted on August 11, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Audie Murphy Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
3. Audie Murphy Monument Marker
 
 
Audie Murphy Monument Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
4. Audie Murphy Monument Marker
 
 
Personal tributes to Audie Murphy left at the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
5. Personal tributes to Audie Murphy left at the Monument
 
 
Another personal tribute left to Audie Murphy at the Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
6. Another personal tribute left to Audie Murphy at the Monument
 
 
Route to the Audie Murphy Monument is well marked. Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
7. Route to the Audie Murphy Monument is well marked.
This sign is on Newport Road, Va. Route 624
 
 
Two miles in, another directional sign for the Audie Murphy Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
8. Two miles in, another directional sign for the Audie Murphy Monument
This sign is halfway from Newport Road to the monument site. Travel is along Brush Mountain Road, which is a very rugged gravel road. Someone has written a warning to automobile visitors, suggesting the use of a 4x4 for the next two miles to the monument's parking area.
 
 
Another sign pointing visitors to the Audie Murphy Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
9. Another sign pointing visitors to the Audie Murphy Monument
This one is at the parking area. No vehicular traffic beyond this point. There's a gate in the road, just out of view. Please don't block the gate.
 
 
Last sign marking the route to the Audie Murphy Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Kevin W., August 11, 2012
10. Last sign marking the route to the Audie Murphy Monument
This is actually part of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The fork leads off to the monument.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 730 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
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