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Two AUSA Chapters Change Names

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Two chapters of the Association of the U.S. Army have changed their names.

The North Texas Chapter of AUSA, located in Dallas, is now the North Texas-Audie Murphy Chapter, taking the name of one of most decorated soldiers of World War II. Murphy was born in Hunt County, Texas. He enlisted in the Army in 1942, ultimately receiving 33 military awards, including the Medal of Honor, and a battlefield promotion to second lieutenant. Murphy received the Medal of Honor for bravery in January 1945 near Holtzwihr, France, where he was credited with helping to stop a German advance. He personally killed or wounded about 50 enemy troops, stopping only when he ran out of ammunition.

The Coastal Empire Chapter of AUSA, located in Hinesville, Ga., is now the Marne Chapter. The new name reflects that Fort Stewart is home to the 3rd Infantry Division, nicknamed the Rock of the Marne for a historic World War I battle on the Marne River in France.

The 3rd Infantry Division was activated in North Carolina in 1917 and saw its first combat in France. During the Second Battle of the Marne, the 3rd Infantry Division was left to hold a position on the banks of the Marne as flanking units retreated, holding back a German advance.

In a coincidence, Murphy served with the 3rd Infantry Division in World War II as part of its 15th Infantry Regiment.