Pvt James R. Murphy Jr.
I am seeking assistance in the burial location for Pvt James R. Murphy Jr. 9th Infantry Division, 47th Infantry Regiment, Company 'L'.Killed April 13, 1945. Murphy is not buried in Europe nor in a veterans cemetery. The following is an account of his death....The First Platoon, Company 'L' were loaded on six 3rd Armored Division Sherman tanks. Nine men per tank. As the tank column reached the outskirts of Kothen, Germany they were caught is a cross-fire ambush. My father Pvt Edward Webber was riding next to his best friend 'Jim' Murphy. Dad later recalled..."Suddenly we were swept by machine gun fire. It all happened so fast. Men were screaming, tracers were criss-crossing in front of our faces, bullets were pinging off the armore. Jim screamed 'Oh Jesus, I'm hit' He was hit in the elbow and twice in the side. Men were falling off the tanks, I remember dragging Jim off into a ditch. We were riding the second tank and those who fell off the backwere run over by the third tank. Jim died in the ditch. He left a wife and two year old son. On our tank, only two others and myself were not hit. I took two through the pack and one through the canteen. They hit twenty eight men on six tanks. This was April 'Friday the 13' 1945. It was a living nightmare! Some nights on guard duty, Jim Murphy would say over and over, "I'll never make it! "I'll never make it!"God rest his soul, he never did".