John Francis MurphySergeant First Class
DET A-326, 5TH SF GRP, USARV
Army of the United States
14 December 1928 - 29 July 1969
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The database page for John Francis Murphy
Murph, as he was referred to, was killed in action on July 29, 1969 near Tra Cu in military zone III. While out on patrol with
John (Bac Si) Whisenant,
and other team members, the patrol encountered a large NVA force infiltrating through the A-team's area of operations.
Caught in a cross fire from a superior enemy force, Murph directed air support and the insertion of additional friendly units until mortal wounds finally overcame him.
He was on the radio for several hours coordinating and directing operations even though severly wounded in the leg. Several of us could hear him but were powerless to assist until it was too late. He was a kind person that quietly performed his work in a highly professional manner.
His fellow team members miss his humor, perspective, and company.
David F. Siciliano
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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