June 20th is officially Audie Murphy Day in Texas… Audie Murphy originally tried to join the Marines but was turned down for being too short… Audie Murphy enlisted with a birth certificate which stated he was born in 1924, making him 18 in 1942. However, some scholars now say that he was born in 1925, and used a falsified birth certificate to enter the Army at age 17. William Russo’s 2001 biography A Thinker’s Damn and Daniel Champagne’s 2008 book Dogface Soldiers are two which promote the 1925 date… In 1950, Audie Murphy played both Billy the Kid (in the movie The Kid from Texas) and Jesse James (in Kansas Raiders).
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