October 3, 2008
His legacy and his love for living life to its fullest will be remembered and carried on by all those who were lucky enough to have had him in their lives. He will always be a hero, a warrior, and a legend to his country, family and friends.The world is a better place for having Bob Murhphy in it. Geronimo!
MURPHY, Col. Robert M. "Bob" of South Dennins and Bonita Springs, Florida, formerly of Roslindale and Westwood, MA passed away peacefully Friday October 3rd, 2008 at Cape Code Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 35 years Barbara (Atwood) Murphy (2002), and his former beloved wife of 16 years Joanne "Murray" Murphy (1962).
Bob was born on July 7, 1925, in Boston to Joeseph and Anna Murphy, brother to Stephen Murphy, and sister Virgina "Murphy" Healey, and predeceased by his brother Walter Murphy.
Robert joined the United States Army October 1st, 1942, serving in World War II, with the 82nd Airborne in Italy, Holland, Africa, and Normandy, France.
He received the Purple Heart (3), Valor (2), Bronze Star, Medal of Honor as well as the highest honor given in France, "The Legion of Honor". Bob Murphy was a proud member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, Mass.
He is the author of the book "No Better Place to Die" depicting D-Day, June 6th, 1944 in Saint-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, France where Bob had returned to in the 60's to continue skydiving with his veteran friends, as well as, the airborne divisions of France and Canada. He celebrated and honored the events of D-Day his entire adult life keeping alive the memory and importance of this historical tiem for he and his brother in arms along with his adopted family of Normandy, France.