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Robert ‘Bob’ M. Murphy (ASN 11090385)was born on July 7 1925 as a son of Joseph and Anna Murphy. He joined the army on October 1 1942 at the age of 17 from Massachusetts. Officially it was only possible to join the army under 18 if you have permission of your parents. Bob didn’t have the permission but really wanted to join the military. He forged his birth certificate and the army accepted him. He volunteered for the paratroopers in 1942 and started his training at Fort Benning, Georgia. He earned his wings and was asssigned to company A of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Still at the age of 17 he landed at May 10, 1943 in Casablanca, Africa with the 82nd Airborne Division. He missed the Sicily jump because of a severe case of malaria. He jumped at October 1 1943 with the 505th PIR at Paestum, Salerno. After the Salerno jump Bob volunteered for Pathfinder school. He was part of the first official school of pathfinders at Conise, Sicily in November 1943. After completing Pathfinder school he left Italy and went to Ireland and then England.
On June 6 1944 Bob jumped as a pathfinder/radio-
Bob Murphy wrote a book about the actions of the 82nd Airborne Division in the Sainte-
Photo: Pathfinders for the D-
Photo: Bob and his buddies at the Devils Hill in Berg en Dal the Netherlands at the end of the Market Garden campaign (left). Bob’s book cover: “No better place to die”