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Robert Martin Murphy
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The battle of th 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division at the La Fiere Bridge and Causeway Sainte-Mere-Eglise

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Following his combat experiences in Sicily, Normandy and Holland, as a soldier in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, author Bob Murpphy survived his war injuries to return home and begin a long and distinguished career as a Boston lawyer. Murphy later served as President of the 82nd Airborne's Veteran's Association and paved the way for the creation of the famous La Fiere replica of 'Iron Mike', the statue that stands as a sentinel at the gates of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The new 'Iron Mike' now stands at the La Fiere causeway, scene of the famous battle for the bridge over the Merderet River which Murphy personally took part in. Murphy's efforts include refurbishing the D-Day veteran C-47 aircraft that currently stands at the museum in Ste. Mere Eglise (making a parachute jump from the plane as it was being delivered in 1964!) Accounts of author Murphy's combat actions can be found in books ranging from Cornelius Ryan's "The Longest Day" and official Army Histories. He is considered an expert on the subject of combat action by the 82nd Airborne in Normandy, often consulted for books and films. Bob Murphy currently serves as President of Reunions for the 82nd Airborne's 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

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