The 65th Infantry Division kept the flame of Pfc. Frederick C. Murphy's memory alive by initiating and supporting efforts to remember the sole Medal of Honor winner to come from its ranks.
The Frederick C. Murphy Rededication Committee, led by chairman Alan Wade, was organized to gain recognition for Murphy's sacrifice. The committee decided to work toward having the Federal Records Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, rededicated in Murphy's honor. Wade and other committee members, including Edwin Waite and Donald Van Hooser, spent many hours contacting members of the 65th, imploring them to write to their legislators to bring about the rededication of the federal center. Their efforts brought about the involvement of Sen. Edward Kennedy who helped to obtain passage of Senate Bill 1206 which enacted the rededication.
The 65th also honored Murphy at its 50th reunion in Las Vegas, Nevada in August, 1994. His daughter Susan Murphy Campbell spoke, and his grandson, Michael Campbell, remembered his grandfather in an essay he wrote after the event.
Above: Route of the 65th Division. The 65th penetrated farther into Germany than any other unit on the western front.
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