Leonard A. Funk and Audie L. Murphy were both notable Medal of Honor recipients from World War II. At the time of their citations, Funk was a First Sergeant and Murphy was a Second Lieutenant, both in the army.Continue Reading
During action in Belgium, Funk was ordered to surrender by a German patrol consisting of over 80 freed German prisoners, as well as reinforcements. While pretending to comply with the German officer's demands, Funk took his submachine gun and riddled the German officer with fire. Funk proceeded to shoot into the other Germans, with the assistance of other American soldiers. By the end of the firefight, 21 German soldiers had been killed, with many more wounded; the remainder were recaptured. For his role in defeating and capturing a numerically superior force, Funk received the Medal of Honor.
During action in France, Murphy and his company were under attack by six tanks and several waves of German infantry. After ordering his men to withdraw, Murphy continued to direct artillery fire and began to shoot at the advancing Germans with a machine gun found on a burning tank destroyer. Despite being outnumbered and surrounded on three sides, Murphy held off the German advance for over an hour. After running out of ammunition, Murphy reorganized his company into a counterattack that forced the Germans to withdraw. For his actions, Murphy received the Medal of Honor.Learn more about US History