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WWII hero Murray dies in Columbia

Aug 14, 2011 7:25:00 PM - thestate.com
Col. Charles P. Murray Jr., who received the Medal of Honor, three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars and the French Legion of Honor for valor in World War II, passed away at his Columbia home Friday. He was 89.

Murray — who spent his later years participating in numerous education, youth and veterans’ programs — was remembered as a humble man who never missed an opportunity to serve his country.

“He was the epitome of the American hero,” said Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston of Charleston, also a recipient of the Medal of Honor. “He was a humble guy. Never self-serving. We all love him and are going to miss him. He’s a loss for the country and certainly for South Carolina.”

Visitation will be held Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, 3926 Devine St., in Columbia. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion St., Columbia. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

Murray died of congestive heart failure six weeks after having a pacemaker implanted, his son Brian Murray said.

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