I only recently learned of COL Murray's passing as noted in the Americal Division Veterans' Association magazine. I had the honor of serving with COL Murray at Fort Jackson in 1971-72, after returning from Viet Nam.
He was a mentor, and as fine an officer and gentleman as ever I met in my time in the US Army.
I hope that his family and friends will be comforted by the evidence of the high esteem that COL Murray is held in, and the condolences of his fellow soldiers and friends, past and present. Rest in Peace COL, and God Bless you. A true American Hero.
It was my honor and distinct privilege to aide in laying to rest Col. Murray today. He was truly a brave man and real-life hero. There are not many times in my life where I have found it difficult to breathe due to being in the presence of such greatness. Today will be put on my list. It was obvious in today's service that he was not only respected, but a well-loved man. My condolences to those whose hearts are heavy today.
1SG Scott A. Thomas
H Co., 1/3 IN BN (The Old Guard)
Ft. Myer, VA
As an enlisted man with the 1st Battle Group 3rd Infantry @ Ft. Myer from 1960-1962 it was a pleasure to work in the Adjustant's Office each day to see Col. Murray come to work. A truly outstanding soldier.
One can only hope to emulate such a man, an American hero, in such a way as to make him proud. I can offer only thanks now, and pray that he rests peacefully into eternity.
Colonel Murray was more than a friend, he was a mentor. With pleasure, I remember him as my Brigade Commander when I was a young Captain and Company Commander. Bless you!
I had the honor of meeting Colonel Murray when he took part in the July 4th Services at First Baptist Church in Columbia. He was a true American Hero. My prayers and thoughts are with his family during this time of loss. He was truly an inspiration and I consider it an honor to have met him.
Belated gratitude and conspicuous tribute for your valour and unselfish sacrifice fighting the Nazi menace. You are and always will be a true hero. On behalf of all Brits, our heartfelt thanks.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Thank you for everything you have done for your country, your family and fellow soldiers, gone but never forgotten. SPC Patrick Morris US Army
It was a pleasure and privilege to meet Colonel Murray. He participated in our Celebration of Liberty programs at First Baptist Columbia several times and was always warm and gracious. He was a true American hero and also stood for Christ. He will be greatly missed by our city, our state and our country.
An honor to know a fine soldier and great American. God Bless, CSM (R) Max Welch
A salute to Col Murray! He was a real hero!
Very sorry for your loss. Col Murray was a great American and it was an honor to have known him.
It was my pleasure to work with Colonel Murray and to be his secretary as he commanded the USARECSTA at Fort Jackson. He was so thoughtful and kind to me, one of the best bosses I have ever had. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
All gave some. Some gave all. God Bless our Military, Past, Present, and Future.
"thanks" doesnt even begin to pay our debt to you, Col.
He was a true American hero and a good man. We'll miss his visits to USS Yorktown at Patriots Point where he often talked with our students and scouts. God's peace and our prayers to Colonel Murray's family.
Knowing Col. Murray has been an honor and a blessing. I know that my mother and I will never be alone in missing him.
We feel honored to have known Col. Murray and spent time with him and his family in years past. To the Murray family and our friend Cynthia, our thoughts and prayers are with you! Rest in peace Colonel!
We sense a deep loss in the passing of Col. Murray, a true Christian gentleman as well as a devoted husband and father. His legacy of service to our beloved nation and devotion to his family will serve as a mighty beacon to future generations of young Americans. To his family we extend our heartfelt sympathies. Rest in God's Eternal Peace, COL Murray. It was an honor to have known you.
Allen and Eileen Corbett
Our heartfelt condolences and prayers are offered for Mrs. Anne Murray and the Murray family. Colonel Murray was a giant and Great American Hero in our midst and he honored us. His fellow members of the Columbia Chapter of the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA) pledge to be there for you anytime, anywhere.
Through General Eugene Rogers, I was blessed to meet and get to know COL. Murray on several occasions. A more gentile gentleman I've never met. He like the other Medal of Honor recipients I've had the distinct honor of meeting, never saw himself as a hero. Thank you for gracing this Earth for 89 years. You will be sorely missed.
I had the honor to hear Col. Murray speak to students at Richland Northeast High School. I was very moved by his humble description of his service to this country. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
In deep Christian Sympathy,
Thank you for your unselfish service to our country.
God Bless all of you- family and friends. I got to meet Col. Murray, along with other Medal of Honor recipients, and he and the others are special, special people.
It has been a pleasure to have known you and to have parcipated with you on many occasions, the first being with you on the first " Honor Flight" from SC to visit our WW11 Memorial in Washington, DC. I am going to miss you very much. As our ranks are being depleted I grieve for all our comrades who are dying at the rate of over a 1000 a day. May the Good Lord watch over you and please save a place up there for me. Your friend and comrade in arms. Bill Amos 1SGT US Army (Ret)
So sorry to hear this news. Our deepest sympathy to the Murray family.
The greatest honor of my military career was serving with COL Murray in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly at the MOH convention in Charleston last year. I salute you, Gallant Warrior.
LTC(ret) Julian H. Carnes, Jr.
I am proud to call him cousin but I did not know all his rich military history. I thank him for his service to our country. There was no finer gentleman & he will be missed. You are in my thoughts & prayers.
Judy Eleazer Truax (my mother was Ellie Bouknight)
I had the HONOR to meet Col Murray at the Medal Of Honor Museum at Patriots Point aboard the USS YORKTOWN. I will never foget meeting him. In an age when some one who can hit a baseball or throw a football is called a hero,I got to meet a REAL hero.
Rest in peace Col. Murray...the world was a better place as a result of your heroism. We will miss and remember you fondly. To Anne and Family, our most heartfelt condolences.
Anne and family. I feel honored to have known and work with "Chuck" briefly at the Department Of Corrections. I also saw you and he at the commissary on numerous occasions since then. We all share your loss and the family will be in my prayers.
He was a gallant officer and a gracios gentleman and will be mised by all whose lives he touched.
We are so sorry about the loss of Col. Murray. We thank him for his service to our country, fighting to rid our world of tyranny, cruelty, and injustice. We owe so much to "The Greatest Generation". We hope and pray that the family will find strength and comfort in your faith and your memories.
Ann and Family, we here at VFW Post 641 feel your pain. We will miss Chuck very much. He gave us so much here at the Post, that we would never be able to repay him, but remember, we will always be here for you and your Family if you ever need us. You and your Family are in our prayers.
I was very sorry to hear of Col. Murray's
passing. In todays world we need men like him to look up to and to set examples for our young men and women.It is extremely hard to lose a loving husband and father. My prayers will be with the Murray family at this time. Jerry Locklear
"May Your Faith Bring You Comfort"
Even before we call on Him
to listen to our prayers,
Our Father knows our special needs
and understands and cares.
So lean upon His quiet strength
in this, your hour of sorrow,
and trust His love to lead you to
a brighter day ...tomorrow.
with deepest sympathy
Col Charles Murray will be deeply missed,
he was truley an Americn Hero. I am very
proud to have been his friend.
We were deeply saddened to learn of Col Murray's passing and extend our condolences to his family.
There are great citizens who have served our country and there is Col Murray; a valiant soldier, a patriot and a hero, and someone who gave back more than he took. He has enriched so many lives.
Our prayer is that God will comfort you in your time of sorrow and you remain in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you Anne and family, he will forever be in the hearts of so many lives that he blessed. Jo Ann and Arnold Heiting (Lexington, SC)
Anne, I am very sorry for the loss of Chuck, we here at Post 6 will miss him. You and He were always a pleasure. I will check and see if you want Dumplings next time we have them.
For God and Country, Rupert
Our thoughts and prayers are with Colonel Murray's family. Peace be with you as you lay to rest one of America's true heroes.
Col Murray has been a model of honor and integrity never seeking attention for himself. He was always gracious and kind to young soldiers at Fort Jackson as I dragged him from one group to group. They in turn responded most positively to him--these are young people who are in great need of interface with a hero of COL Murray's caliber. I will truly miss conversations with him, but consider myself forturnate that I too was given the opportunity to meet not only a genuine hero but an honorable man which is becoming rare in current society. I loved him and will miss his quiet prescence.
Rest In Peace Great Warrior.Your Country Mourns You.
Col. Murray - one of America's greatest heroes - will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. And there are many. God Bless.
We remember Col. Murray for his heroism but also for his generosity. Columbia won't be the same without him. Our prayers are with the whole family. May God give you his comfort and peace.