Near Catawba in Roanoke County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Audie Murphy Monument
Audie Murphy Crash Site
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker and monument is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • War, World II. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1500.
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 Newport Road (Virginia Route 624). Touch for mapTouch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William Addison Add Caldwell (approx. 4½ miles away); Great Eastern Divide (approx. 5½ miles away); 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).
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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,034 times since then and 267 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.