My friend Charles Murray has died. When I needed him to come help us raise money for poverty at the Robin Hood dinner in New York a few months back, he showed up. When his country needed him to fight in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, he showed up. For his actions against the Nazis, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was a warm, modest and wonderful man, and my thoughts and prayers go out to his terrific family. This is what I've written about him for our broadcast tonight (see below) and this is his story from our Foundation's book, Medal of Honor. We have lost a patriot and a wonderful man. His death leaves 84 living recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Charles Murray died today. He was a recipient of the Medal of Honor from World War II.
It was just before Christmas in 1944, when after landing on Omaha Beach, as a young lieutenant pushing toward Germany, he single-handedly launched an attack on an enemy position. Using artilery, grenades and a rifle he stood his ground, on a hill, despite being visible to the enemy. He killed and scattered the entire enemy force, captured 10 of them. When a grenade was thrown at him he took eight pieces of shrapnel.
The entire 3rd Infantry was present when he was given the Medal of Honor. He went on to serve four more years in Europe, then Korea and Vietnam. Three wars, three Silver Stars, two bronze stars, a purple heart and the Medal of Honor.
Charles Murray was 89 years old. His death leaves 84 living recipients.
I hope you can join us for the broadcast tonight.