Lt. Cyril R. Murphy Jr Biography-4

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Cyril R. Murphy -- Personal History

Cyril Murphy grew up in Hanover, PA, where his father owned a Drug Store. A brilliant student, he was an honors graduate of St. John's College in Baltimore. After graduation in 1936, he received a 2nd Lieutenant commission in the 316th Infantry, U.S. Army Officers Reserve. 

Murphy was commissioned in the regular Army by March 1942, receiving infantry training at Fort Benning and Fort Devens. While at Fort Devens, he fell in love with a nurse, Lt. Elizabeth Fairclough; they were married on Nov 11, 1942.  By early 1943, Murphy was sent to North Africa as a commander in Company K, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, in preparation for the Sicily invasion.  Murphy was not discharged until December 1945.

In 1947, he retired from the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel, and began his career as a successful Baltimore lawyer and civic leader. Cyril and Elizabeth had five children -- three daughters and two sons. 

 

Cyril R. Murphy Jr. died in August 1970, and was buried with full honors at the Baltimore National Cemetery.

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