Historian Bill O'Neal shares story of Audie Murphy with Shelby County Historical Society

Standing room only crowd on hand to hear adventures of WWII hero, movie star Audie Murphy

Historian Bill O'Neal addressed a standing room only crowd of Shelby County Historical Society Tuesday afternoon, March 19,  at the Shelby County Museum.

O'Neal presented a program on the life and times of World War II hero and movie star Audie Murphy.

Teddy Hopkins, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Society, introduced O'Neal and said he has authored more than 40 books and has been involved in television documentaries aired on The History Channel, BBC, the Discovery Channel and more.

“He was appointed Texas State Historian in 2012 by Gov. Rick Perry,” Hopkins said. O'Neal served in that capacity for six years before stepping down. He also taught history for many years at Panola College.

East Texan Audie Murphy was the most decorated war hero in the world's most horrific war, O'Neal said.

For complete story, please see the March 28 edition of The Light and Champion. For photo gallery of Tuesday's event, please click below:

Story of East Texas war hero, movie star Audie Murphy shared by historian Bill O'Neal