...he endured the shame
           of being sent home
                      a living trophy
 to the blood and death 
              of too many friends.

 A Myth in Action: The Heroic Life of Audie Murphy       by Ann Levingston Joiner

...relates the life of a Texas farmboy who enlisted in the Army in 1942.   By the end of WWII, he stood 5' 6" and was barely twenty years old. He had been field-commissioned and had won more medals for valor than any soldier in American history.  Coming home a legend, he spent the rest of his life portraying heroes in Hollywood films.  He died tragically at 45.  His story echoes those of mythological heroes described by comparative mythologist, Joseph Campbell (Hero with a Thousand Faces), psychologist Rollo May (The Cry for Myth) and others.  Heroes' lives follow an "archetypal" pattern, from Homer?s Perseus through the Arthurian Percival, to Luke Skywalker - and Audie Murphy.