Texas Military Forces
Hall of Honor
William E. Murphy began his military career by enlisting in the 132nd
Field Artillery Battalion. 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National
Guard in 1953. He attended the Texas National Guard
Academy as a member of Officer Candidate School, class number 2, and was
commissioned in August of 1960. Genera! Murphy attended Texas Tech
University and received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Mechanized
Agriculture in 1971. His military education includes the Field Artillery
Basic Officers Course in 1964, Infantry Officer Advanced Course in 1973,
and the Command and General Staff Officer Course in 1981.
General Murphy was assigned as Commander of Battery B, 2nd Battalion,
133rd Field Artillery in 1965. He assumed command of Company A, 2nd
Battalion (Mechanized), 142nd Infantry in 1968. From 1970 to 1972,
General Murphy served as Liaison Officer and Assistant Operations
Officer in the Arrowhead Emergency Operations Headquarters. In 1979, he
assumed command of the 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 142" Infantry where
he served until 1982. General Murphy assumed command of the Division
Support Command, 49th Armored Division, in 1984 and was reassigned as
the Commander of 2nd Brigade, 49th Armored Division in 1985. In February
of 1989, he was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as the
Assistant Division Commander for Maneuver, 49th Armored Division.
Having commanded at every level, after nearly 40 years of distinguished
service, General Murphy assumed command of the 49th Armored Division on
August 24th 1992. He was federally recognized as a Major General by the
United States Senate on September 28th, 1994 and promoted to Major
General on October 22nd, 1994.
General Murphy's decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement
Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Reserve
Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training
Ribbon and the Expert Infantry Badge. Also the Lone Star Distinguished
Service Medal, Texas Outstanding Service Medal, Texas Medal of Merit,
The Adjutant General's Individual Award and the Texas Faithful Service
Medal. General Murphy's leadership abilities have been recognized by
each of the Combat Arms as he has been awarded the Infantry's "Order of
Saint Maurice", the Armor's "Order I of Saint George" and the Field
Artillery's "Order of Saint Barbara". General Murphy was awarded a
Doctor of Arts and Science and inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame at the
Texas Military Academy in 1994.
In 1995, the Texas House and Senate issued a Concurrent Resolution,
signed by the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and the
Governor, naming the new Lubbock Armed Forces Guard and Reserve Center
after General Murphy.
On September 25th, 1996, after 43 years of remarkable service to his
state and nation, General Murphy retired from the Texas National Guard.
Upon his retirement, General Murphy was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant
General by the Governor of Texas.
General Murphy's civic affiliations include The Retired Officers
Association, Association of the United States Army, Texas Aviation and
Heritage Foundation, United States Armor Association, National Guard
Association of Texas, Lubbock Scottish Rite and the National Farm
Equipment Dealers Association. General Murphy and his wife Ann live in
Lubbock. They have two sons, one daughter and five grandchildren.
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