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Murray Jr. Elmer L.

Monuments

Douglas C-47 42-93095

 

Name:
Elmer L. Murray Jr.
Rank:
Sergeant
Serial Number:
19126297
Unit:
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
Date of Death:
1944-06-06
State:
California
Cemetery:
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Missour
Plot:
84
Row:
Grave:
25-31
Decoration:
Comments:

Sgt Elmer L. Murray Jr., NCO of ďEĒ Company, 506th PIR 101st Airborne Division, took off from Uppottery, UK on a combat drop as part of Operation Albany. While over Sainte-Mere-Eglise the plane was hit by AA fire, causing one of the engines to burst into flames. The pilot tried to land the plane in a field by the RN13 but it clipped a hedgerow and exploded, killing everyone aboard. The wreck burned for three days. No bodies were ever found and vegetation hasnít grown on the crash site to this day. Murrayís unit was represented in the TV series Band of Brothers. He left behind his wife Nancy, to whom he wrote the following poem Itís Always You: ďWhenever itís early twilight, I watch Ďtill a star breaks thru Funny, itís not a star I see Ė Itís always you. Whenever I roam through roses And lately I often do Funny, itís not a rose I touch Itís always you. If a breeze caresses me Itís really you strolling by If I hear a melody Itís merely the way you sigh. Wherever you are youíre near me You dare me to be untrue Funny, each time I fall in love Itís always you.Ē