|USS Audie Murphy|
|Ship Class:||Pegasus-class (LCA-305B)|
|In Service:||October 2028|
|Assignment:||Assault Landing Ship|
|Ship Crew Information|
|Crew Complement:||100 Crew, 2,200 Troops|
Launching in October 2028, the USS Audie Murphy is the third LCA-305B Pegasus-class Assault Landing Ship to be launched. Unlike the previous two, this ship will embark an Army unit instead of a Marine one, as a measure to spread out the deployment impact across the United States military. It's deployment is to be determined at a future date, but will be placed under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Doug Bell, United States Air Force.
Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 – 28 May 1971) was one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War Two, receiving every combat award for valor available in the United States Army at the time, as well as receiving awards from France and Belgium.
Murphy falsified his age to join the Army at the age of 16, and first saw action during the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1944. In January 1945, he single handedly held off a company of enemy soldiers for an hour, before leading a successful counterattack despite being wounded and out of ammo, which earned him the Medal of Honor.
Following the conclusion of the war, Murphy went on to enjoy a successful film career, appearing in nearly 40 films, mainly Westerns, but also starred as himself in the film adaptation of his book To Hell And Back, which detailed his experiences during World War Two. However, he also suffered from what would be known today as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and pushed for better treatment of this condition for returning soldiers from the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Murphy died in a plane crash accident near Catawba, Virginia just before his 46th birthday. He was buried with full military honors on June 7, 1971 at Arlington National Cemetery. LCA-305B