Audie Murphy’s military service was not merely a detour from his spectacular career as an actor. He was a well-liked movie star almost as much as he was a well-established serviceman and for good cause. Audie had racked up all the battle honors for valor the army could offer at the time even before he was the legal drinking age. During WWII, he served in nine campaigns.
During the Korean War, the US Army decided to keep him at home and, instead, exploited his image to recruit more people into the army. Audie was a major when he left the military.