The History of the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

The original club was started at Fort Hood, Texas early in 1986. There were several key people at Fort Hood - officer, enlisted, civil service, and a Killeen civilian - who were instrumental in getting this club up and running. Leading the effort was Lieutenant General Crosbie Saint, then the III Corps commander; his Command Sergeant Major George L. Horvath; III Corps Awards Clerk Jean Crisp, who is now Test and Experimentation Command (TEXCOM) awards clerk, and Don Moore, a Killeen artist who assisted with designing the logo and club awards. In 1991, then III Corps Commander Lieutenant General Pete Taylor and Command Sergeant Major Richard B. Cayton expanded the Fort Hood installation club to include all of III Corps. This included Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and Fort Carson, Colorado. In 1993, CSM Cayton was voted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club by the membership and then became the Forces Command Sergeant Major. Soon thereafter, the club became Forces-Command (FORSCOM) wide, including the Reserves and National Guard. In 1994 at a Sergeant Major of the Army conference, the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club spread Army-wide, to all commands with installations retaining the selection process for their own NCOs. In 1998, it was estimated that the club membership was over 3000 soldiers and was steadilly increasing.

The Crest

The crest was designed by one of the original organizers of the club, Mr. Don Moore, Illustrator of Killeen, Texas. The crest depicts the symbols of the majestic American Bald Eagle superimposed over the olive branch-wreath, saber, and lighting bolt. In front of the eagle are the U.S. Army staff sergeant stripes. The eagle firmly clutches in both claws a powder-blue banner, the color of the infantry. On the banner are displayed words Loyalty, Caring, Discipline, and Professionalism.

Initials separated by three stars which represent the Be, Know, and Do for the NCO.

SSG Rank Insignia:
Reflects Audie Murphy's highest enlisted rank.

The Eagle:
Our national bird and symbol of freedom, the intent of the club to be nationwide.

The Laurel:
Represents the individual achieveme nt of the NCOs in the club.

The Lightning Bolt:
Represents swift and decisive action taken by the NCO.

The Sword:
A historical reference, a tool for the NCO to cut to the heart of the matter, to lead the charge.

The Streamers:
Indicate upon which we base our philosophy-Loyalty, Discipline, Professionalism, and Caring.

The Medallion

When a soldier is inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, he/she is given the medallion below which is approximately 3 inches in diamater. The medallion is suspended by a broad powder blue ribbon representing the traditional color of the INFANTRY. The medallion is worn around the neck on the outside of the Class A or Dress Blue uniform for official functions such as military balls or Sergeant Audie Murphy Club meetings. The image below is the front and reverse view of the medallion.

Sergeant Audie Murphy Award Medallion

As of 01 JAN 2008: The “Sergeant Audie Murphy Award” medallion (above) and FORSCOM FORM 1027, 1 MAR 2007 “Sergeant Audie Murphy Award” Certificate of Achievement were introduced by FORSCOM on 1 March 2007. It will replace the “Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Member” medallion (below) and the FORSCOM FORM 1027-R, 1 DEC 99 “Sergeant Audie Murphy Club” Induction Certificate of Achievement. Each installation SAMC under FORSCOM will produce their Membership/Induction Certificate for presentation to new SAMC Inductees. This has been confirmed by FY'08, Mountain Post Chapter SAMC President via FORSCOM/G-1 Awards Section SGM on 3 January 2008.

Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Member Medallion

History Links:

"Audie Murphy Legacy"

"Audie Leon Murphy Detailed History"

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