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The Crosses Grow On Anzio

Oh, gather 'round me, comrades;
And listen while I speak,.
Of a war, a war, a war,
Where hell is six feet deep.

Along the shore, the cannons roar.
Oh how can a soldier sleep?
The going's slow on Anzio.
And hell is six feet deep.

Praise be to God for this captured sod
That rich with blood does seep.
With yours and mine, like butchered swine;
And hell is six feet deep.

That death awaits there's no debate;
No triumph will we reap.
The crosses grow on Anzio,
Where hell is six feet deep.

Audie Murphy, 1948

Audie Murphy was a wonderful actor who made many movies, mostly westerns. But prior to becoming a major motion picture star, he was a true American hero. He joined the Army after the attack on Pearl Harbor, falsifying his age to enlist. He saw much action in the war, and received every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in January 1945, at the age of 19, for single-handedly holding off a company of German soldiers for an hour, then leading a successful counterattack while wounded and out of ammunition. He was one of the most decorated comabt veterans of WW II.

Although he had a long and successful movie career, Audie refused to appear in alcohol and cigarette commercials because he did not want to set a bad example. Murphy died in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971, shortly before his 46th birthday. He was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, where his grave is one of the most visited. America needs more men like Audie Murphy, a true American hero!


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