Woodbury County

Pfc. Edward H. Murphy



11-Star Service Flag Is Displayed In Home Here
Represents Husband, 4 Brothers, 6 Brother-In-Law of Woman

An 11-star service flag, representing her husband, four brothers and six brothers-in-law, is displayed at the home of Mrs. Alford W. Thompson, 812 W. Fourth Street.

Cpl. Alford Thompson, her husband, who made the framed flag, recently was inducted into the army at Fort Snelling, Minn., and is now stationed at Camp Robinson, Ark.

Mrs. Thompson’s four brothers in service are T. Sgt. Charles Murphy, Pvt. Daniel Murphy, Pfc. Edward Murphy and Seaman Reginald Murphy, all sons of Mrs. D. G. Thompson, 808 W. Fourth Street, and the late Ray Murphy, former radio station announcer.


T. Sgt. Charles Murphy, 23, recently led the first platoon of American soldier into Leghorn, Italy. He had an unusual experience, while being shelled by the Germans in Pisa near the famous leaning tower, when he had to serve as emergency nurse for an Italian women who gave birth to a baby while taking protection from the shelling under a bridge. He has been in service seven years, which includes his work with the national guards.

Pvt. Daniel Murphy, 20, has returned from Italy after being wounded at Cassino, and wears the purple heart medal, the cluster for that medal, the French medal for bravery upon recommendation of Gen. Charles de Gaulle of the Free French, the English service medal, the allied force wreath, and three stars for three major campaigns. He was called into service with the national guards, and was sent to Ireland from Camp Claiborne, La. From Ireland he went to Scotland to train with the British commando unit. With that unit, he made the initial landing in Africa, fought at Tunisia where he was first injured and later at Cassino where he was again wounded.

Pfc. Edward Murphy, 18, of the Marine Corps, was with the Fourth marines division which recently raised the flag on Guam. He has been overseas one year and has seen action on Bougainville, Kovieng, New Ireland and Saipan.


The fourth brother, Reginald Murphy, was sworn into the navy at Des Moines a few days ago, and expects to train at Great Lakes naval training station, Great Lakes, Ill.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, August 16, 1944


Pfc. Edward H. Murphy, 19, son of Mrs. D. G. Murphy, 808 W. Fourth street, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in action with the Marines on Guam.  The award was made at a Marine base somewhere in the South Pacific war area.

Pfc. Murphy was wounded in the foot by sniper fire while he was sitting in a foxhole checking his rifle and gear and was evacuated to a rear area hospital.

A veteran of Bougainville and Emirau island campaign, he is one of four brothers serving with the armed forces.  Charles and Daniel are with the Army in Italy, and the youngest brother, Reginald, 17, is in the Navy.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, January 17, 1945