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Audie Murphy (1924 - 1971)

U.S. War Hero, Actor

Audie Murphy was a U.S. war hero and actor. He was born in Texas, and became the most decorated soldier in WWII.
In 1955, Audie Murphy became interested in Freemasonry.

Encouraged by his close friend, Texas theater owner Skipper Cherry, Audie petitioned and joined the Masonic Order in California. Later he returned to Texas to conduct his Scottish Rite work and to join the Shrine. Audie remained active in various Masonic events and was a member of good standing at the time of his death.

Audie received his first degree in Masonry when he was regularly initiated, February 14, 1955, in North Hollywood (California) Lodge No. 542, Free and Accept Masons of California. He was passed to the Fellowcraft degree on April 4, 1955. On June 27, 1955, he was raised to the degree of a Master Mason. Later, he became a dual member with Heritage Lodge No. 764, North Hollywood, (now Magnolia Park No. 618) on May 14, 1956.

Audie took his degree work in the Scottish Rite Temple in Dallas on November 11-14, 1957, according to records located at the temple. After receiving his 32nd degree, Audie was elected vice president of the Thomas B. Hunter Memorial Class.
Audie became a Shriner (Hella Temple, Dallas) on November 15, 1957. Audie was made a "Master of the Royal Secret" in the Valley of Dallas, Orient of Texas, on November 14, 1965. Audie was also decorated a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor KCCH) on December 11, 1965. Audie affiliated with the Long Beach Scottish Rite Bodies on April 2, 1971. Two weeks previously, on March 19, 1971, Shriner Murphy affiliated with the Al Malaikah Temple in Los Angeles.

Audie often participated in Shrine parades in both Texas and on the West Coast. He was especially involved with the annual Mariner's Night, which included a dinner held in the memory of the dead and to honor the living seafaring men. San Pedro's Los Angeles Harbor Lodge No. 332, Long Beach California, sponsored the annual Mariner's Night. As an honored guest, Audie made one of his last public speeches for the Mariner's Night Dinner on April 15, 1971.

Taken from Harold B. Simpson's book, Audie Murphy, American Soldier, and from records of the Grand Lodge of Texas