The Fort Bragg Chapter of Sgt. Audie Murphy Club inducted seven new noncommissioned officers into their ranks at the Noncommisioned Officer Academy, Monday.
SAMC is an elite club that, according to the Audie L. Murphy Memorial website, was “created to develop, inspire, and motivate the best leaders possible in the U.S. Army.”
The man behind SAMC
Audie Murphy born in 1924 in North Texas, and was orphaned at the age of 16. He was refused enlistment during World War II by both the Marines and paratroopers due to his size. Despite earlier rejections, a few days after Murphy’s 18th birthday, the U.S. Army allowed him to enlist.
Murphy fought for freedom and his country in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.
In addition to earning a battlefield commission for his courage and leadership abilities, Murphy is touted as the highest decorated Soldier in American history.
Murphy left the Army in 1945 and pursued a successful entertainment career in Hollywood, during which he acted in 44 films, starring in 39 of them. Additionally, Murphy was a successful country and western song writer.
Murphy was killed in a plane crash in Virginia in 1971 at the age of 46.
In 1986 at Fort Hood, Texas the SAMC was created in his honor.
New members inducted
During the induction, a Soldier who has been a subordinate to each of the new SAMC inductees, stood to speak of the ways in which their NCO had inspired them.
Sgt. Anthony Tripoli, 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division stood to speak on behalf of 1st Sgt. Christopher Szalai, 1st Bn., 325th Inf. Reg., 2nd BCT, 82nd Abn. Div.
“1st Sgt. Szalai has the presence of giant. 1st Sgt. Szalai has the respect of his paratroopers and I would follow him to hell and back. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like you to meet my Sgt. Audie Murphy, 1st Sgt. Christopher Szalai,” said Tripoli.
After introductions from those they inspire, the new members of the SAMC received the club’s medallion on a powder blue ribbon and certificate.
Command Sgt. Maj. Linwood Barrett, 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade spoke to the attendees at the close of the ceremony.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” said Barrett.
Barrett reminded the new SAMC members of the import of the SAMC motto.
“The NCO has many roles and responsibilities, but at the end of the day it boils down to two things; selfless service and leading from the front. You lead from the front,” he said.
The new SAMC members cut a congratulatory cake after the ceremony.