- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 7, 2007

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Raymond “Jerry” Murphy, who was awarded a Medal of Honor for his service during the Korean War, has died. He was 77.

Mr. Murphy died Friday of a form of dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease at a Veterans Affairs facility in Colorado, said friends and family.

“It’s just like losing a brother,” said friend and fellow Medal of Honor winner Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura.

President Eisenhower gave Mr. Murphy, a Marine second lieutenant, the medal in 1953 for ignoring his own wounds while evacuating his platoon from a hill under fierce fire from Chinese troops. He refused to leave until all his men were evacuated. Seventeen marines were killed and 77 were wounded in the action.

Mr. Murphy retired in 1997 from a 23-year career as director of veteran services in the Albuquerque VA regional office.

In January, New Mexico’s senators introduced congressional legislation to name the VA Medical Center in Albuquerque in honor of Mr. Murphy.

Serving veterans was Mr. Murphy’s hallmark, said friend John Garcia, secretary of the state’s department of veterans affairs.

“He dedicated more than 20 years of his life — even after service to his country and being awarded the Medal of Honor — to veterans and men in uniform,” Mr. Garcia said.

Mr. Murphy, who was originally from Pueblo, Colo., attended Fort Lewis College and received a bachelor’s degree at Adams State. He then went to Springfield College in Massachusetts for his master’s degree.

Mr. Murphy met his wife, Mary Ann, after moving to Santa Fe in 1955.

“He was a wonderful, wonderful husband. Like I say, he was one of a kind,” she said from their home in Albuquerque. “I always call him my perfect gentleman.”

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