Robert Gordon Murr was born on 18 August 1918 at Drakes Branch in Virginia. He was the son of Leonidan “Leon” Franklin Murr and Lettie Gray.
Died of wounds 27 January 1945 one day after being hit in what was called the Purple Heart Valley Campaign on Luzon Island
Buried at McCarty Church Cemetery, Jonesboro, TN

63rd Infantry, Company K

Awarded the Purple Heart

The Johnson City Press-Chronicle,  August 5, 1948
The body of Sergeant Robert G. Murr, son of Leon F. Murr, Jonesboro, route No. 6, arrived on Southern Train No. 46 yesterday morning from Atlanta. Murr, who was 27 at the time of his death, was killed January 26, 1944 during the invasion of Luzon, largest island in the Philippine group, while serving with the 63rd Infantry. Overseas burial was at San Fabrian.
He attended Science Hill High School and was employed at a local rayon plant before entering the armed forces in June, 1941. He was assigned to overseas duty in July, 1943. Before the Philippines invasion, he served in Hawaii, the Gilbert Islands and New Guinea.
Survivors include his father; stepmother, Mrs. Hattie Murr; three brothers, Elgin H. of Chicago; Harold B. of Seattle, Wash., and William E. Murr of Council Bluff, Okla.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 18 August 1918
  • Date of death: 27 January 1945
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Jonesboro
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 63rd Infantry
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: McCarty Church Cemetery, Jonesboro, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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