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2011

Tom Murphy

Thomas (Tom) J. Murphy, attended St. Bridget Parochial School and received his Diploma from River Falls High School in 1967.  He attended the University of Wisconsin - River Falls beginning in 1967 and was inducted into the U.S. Army in January of 1969.  Tom was sent to Vietnam one year later and was killed in action on April 1, 1970.

Tom was the youngest of ten children of Leo and Lucy Murphy of River Falls.  All of Tom's siblings were graduates of River Falls High School with the exception of one sister who died shortly after her birth.

Tom thoroughly enjoyed his years at River Falls High School and was active in athletics as well as school government, and civic and religious organizations.  Tom was awarded an "R" for his participation in football and baseball.  He was an All-Conference selection in football three years and an All-Conference selection in baseball 2 years.  He also participated in basketball and wrestling.

Tom served as Class President, was a member of the Student Council, and was selected as a representative for the American Legion Badger Boys State.  During his years at River Falls High School, Tom's behavior and attitude earned him the reputation of being a credit to his school and community.

Tom's high school and college years prepared him well for his foreshortened future.  During Tom's service in the U.S. Army, and prior to his death, he received the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal.  Posthumously, Tom received the Silver Star in which the Department of the Army citation quoted Tom for "gallantry in action while engaged in military operation ....." and "distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on April 1, 1970."
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