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  1. What is the SAMA motto?
    "You lead from the front"
  2. What is the History of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club?
    The original club was started at Fort Hood, Texas early in 1986. There were several key people at Fort Hood - officer, enlisted, civil service, and a Killeen civilian - who were instrumental in getting this club up and running.

    Leading the effort was Lieutenant General Crosbie Saint, then the III Corps commander; his Command Sergeant Major George L. Horvath; III Corps Awards Clerk Jean Crisp, who is now Test and Experimentation Command (TEXCOM) awards clerk, and Don Moore, a Killeen artist who assisted with designing the logo and club awards.

    In 1991, then III Corps Commander Lieutenant General Pete Taylor and Command Sergeant Major Richard B. Cayton expanded the Fort Hood installation club to include all of III Corps. This included Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Carson, Colorado.

    In 1993, CSM Cayton was voted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club by the membership and then became the Forces Command Sergeant Major. Soon thereafter, the club became Forces-Command (FORSCOM) wide, including the Reserves and National Guard.

    In 1994 at a Sergeant Major of the Army conference, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands with installations retaining the selection process for their own NCOs. In 1998, it was estimated that the club membership was over 3000 soldiers and was steadily increasing.
  3. What regulations cover SAMA?
    FORSCOM REG 215-7

    TRADOC REG 600-14
  4. SAMA Crest - What does the eagle represent?
    Our national bird and symbol of freedom, the intent of the club to be nationwide.
  5. SAMA Crest - What does the S*A*M*C represent?
    Initials separated by three stars which represent the Be, Know, and Do for the NCO.
  6. SAMA Crest - What does the SSG Rank Insignia represent?
    It reflects Audie Murphy's highest enlisted rank.
  7. SAMA Crest - What does the laurel represent?
    It represents the individual achievement of the NCOs in the club.
  8. SAMA Crest - What does the lightning bolt represent?
    It represents swift and decisive action taken by the NCO.
  9. SAMA Crest - What does the sword represent?
    A historical reference, a tool for the NCO to cut to the heart of the matter, to lead the charge.
  10. SAMA Crest - Describe the streamers which the eagle holds.
  11. SAMA Crest - What do the streamers (Loyalty, Caring, Discipline, Professionalism) represent?
    They indicate upon which we base our philosophy.
  12. Describe the SAMA Crest.
    The crest was designed by one of the original organizers of the club, Mr. Don Moore, Illustrator of Killeen, Texas. The crest depicts the symbols of the majestic American Bald Eagle superimposed over the olive branch-wreath, saber, and lighting bolt. In front of the eagle are the U.S. Army staff sergeant stripes. The eagle firmly clutches in both claws a powder-blue banner, the color of the infantry. On the banner are displayed words Loyalty, Caring, Discipline, and Professionalism.
  13. Citation for MOH
    • Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division.
    • Place and date: Near Holtzwihr France, 26 January 1945.
    • Entered service at: Dallas, Tex. Birth: Hunt County, near Kingston, Tex.
    • G.O. No.65, 9 August 1945.
    • CITATION: 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.
  14. Name 10 of Audie Murphy's Movie Titles
    • 40 Guns To Apache  Pass
    • A Time For Dying
    • Apache Rifles
    • Arizona Raiders
    • Bad Boy
    • Battle At Bloody Beach
    • Beyond Glory
    • Bullet For A Badman
    • Cast A Long Shadow
    • Column South
    • Destry
    • Drums Across The River
    • Gunpoint
    • Gunsmoke
    • Gunfight At Comanche Creek
    • Hell Bent For Leather
    • Joe Butterfly
    • Kansas Raiders
    • Night Passage
    • No Name On The Bullet
    • Posse From Hell
    • Ride A Crooked Trail
    • Ride Clear Of Diablo
    • Seven Ways From Sundown
    • Showdown
    • Sierra
    • Six Black Horses
    • Texas, Heaven And Brooklyn
    • The Cimarron Kid
    • The Duel At Silver Creek
    • The Gun Runners
    • The Guns Of Fort Petticoat
    • The Kid From Texas
    • The Quick Gun 
    • The Quiet American
    • The Red Badge Of Courage
    • The Texican
    • The Unforgiven
    • The Wild And The Innocent
    • To Hell And Back
    • Trunk To Cairo
    • Tumbleweed
    • Walk The Proud Land
    • World In My Corner
  15. Name 10 of Audie Murphy's songs.
    • Big, Big Day Tomorrow
    • Dusty Old Helmet
    • Elena, Goodbye
    • Foolish Clock
    • Go On And Break My Heart
    • If There Is A Short Cut To Nowhere (I'll Take It)
    • Leave The Weeping To The Willow Tree
    • My Lonesome Room
    • Please Mr. Music Man Play A Song For Me
    • Rattle Dance
    • Round And Round She Goes
    • Shutters And Boards
    • The Only Light I Ever Need Is You
    • Was It All Worth Losing You
    • When The Wind Blows In Chicago
    • Willie The Hummer
  16. Name Audie Murphy's awards.
    • Medal of Honor
    • Distinguished Service Cross
    • Silver Star with First Oak Leaf Cluster
    • Legion of Merit
    • Bronze Star Medal with "V"  Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster
    • Purple Heart with Second Oak Leaf Cluster
    • U.S. Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal
    • Good Conduct Medal
    • Presidential Unit Citation with First Oak  Leaf Cluster
    • American Campaign Medal
    • European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with One Silver Star, Four Bronze Service Stars (representing nine campaigns) and one Bronze Arrowhead (representing assault landing at Sicily and Southern France)
    • World War II Victory Medal
    • Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp
    • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
    • Combat Infantry Badge
    • Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar
    • Expert Badge with Bayonet Bar
    • French Fourragere in Colors of the Croix de Guerre
    • French Legion of Honor, Grade of Chevalier
    • French Croix de Guerre With Silver Star
    • French Croix de Guerre with Palm
    • Medal of Liberated France
    • Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 Palm
  17. Recite Audie Murphy's bio
    Audie Leon Murphy was a legend in his own time.  A war hero, movie actor, writer of country and western songs, and poet.  His biography reads more like fiction than fact.  He lived only 46 years, but he made a lasting imprint on American history.   

    Audie was born on a sharecropper's farm in North Texas on June 20, 1924. As a boy, he chopped cotton for one dollar a day and was noted for his feats of derring-do and his accuracy with a gun.  He had only 5 years of schooling and was orphaned at age 16.  

    After being refused enlistment during World War II in both the Marines and Paratroopers for being too small (5'5") and underweight (110 lbs), he enlisted in the U.S. Army a few days after his 18th birthday.  After basic training at Camp Wolters, Texas, and advanced training at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, Audie was sent overseas.  He was assigned to the famous15th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division where he fought in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and Germany.  He earned a battlefields commission for his courage and leadership ability as well as citations and decorations including every medal for valor that America gives.  He was also awarded three French and one Belgian medal.  Lieutenant Audie Murphy was the highest decorated soldier in American history.

    Discharged from the Army on September 21, 1945, Audie went to Hollywood at the invitation of movie star James Cagney.  He remained in California for the rest of his life and was closely associated with the movie industry, both as an actor and a producer.  He acted in 44 films, starring in 39 of them. His best known film was "To Hell and Back," adopted from the best selling book of his war experiences by the same name.  Most of his movies were westerns.  In 1955, Audie Murphy was voted the Most Popular Western Actor in America by the Motion Picture Exhibitors. 

    Audie wrote the lyrics to 16 country and western songs, the most popular of which was "Shutters and Boards," written with Scott Turner in 1962.  The song was recorded by over 30 pop singers, including Jerry Wallace, Dean Martin, and Porter Waggoner. He was an accomplished poet; unfortunately, only a few of his poems have survived.   

    In 1950 Audie joined the 36th Infantry Division ("T-Patchers") of the Texas National Guard and served with it until 1966.  He was a Mason and a Shriner and belonged to several veterans organizations. Audie Murphy was killed in a plane crash on a mountain top near Roanoke, Virginia on May 28, 1971.  Fittingly, his body was recovered 2 days later on Memorial Day. 

    Audie could very well be the last American war hero. He was the greatest combat soldier in the 200 year plus history of the United States.
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