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Col. John Murphy

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John J. Murphy, Jr., USA Col, retired, "Jack", after a long battle with cancer and heart failure joined his parents, John J. Murphy and Gertrude F. Murphy and daughter, Maryann in eternal life. Col. Murphy graduated from Fordham University in 1955 with a Distinguished Military Graduate Regular Army Commission and gave the next 30 years to the US Army. He served in the Field Artillery in several Missile Battalions and the Inspector Generals Office. He and his family were stationed together at Ft. Banks, MA, Ft. Bliss, TX, Lawton, OK, Ft. Leavenworth, KA, Fairchild AFB, WA, the Pentagon, Karlsruhe and Heidelberg, Germany, with his final duty station, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ. He also served unaccompanied in Korea and South Vietnam. John was highly decorated with 2 Legion of Merit Medals, Bronze Star Medal, two Air Medals, three Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation medal and Vietnamese medal for three campaigns. He was born on July 7, 1932 in New York City and lived on Long Island until he entered military service. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Carol, son, John and his wife Clare, daughter, Patricia Lynn and her husband George Fyfe and their two children, Troy and Zachary, his son Brian, his daughter, Eileen and her fiance, Timothy. Also surviving is his sister, Clair Curtin in Long Island, NY and his brother, Christopher in California. One of his passions in life was music another performing Civil War Reenactments with his son, John, all around the east coast, especially in Virginia. He enjoyed reading and golf in his retirement and for many years was a Red Cross Disaster Team Volunteer. He was also a member of the Dona Ana Water Board. As an ardent Catholic, he attended services at Holy Cross Church, Our Lady of Purification and San Jose de Picacho. He will be interred at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia after a Mass at Ft. Myer later this year, his body was donated for medical research to "Life Legacy". He always wanted to be interred there "so he can keep an eye on the White House." The grave is near JF Kennedy's eternal flame as he told us "I'll be able to read at night." Irish black humor. Heartfelt thanks to all who attended to his needs and wants at Mesilla Valley Hospice. Grateful thanks from all our family to the marvelous staff at La Posada. Please send any remembrance donations to "Help the Helpless", P.O. Box 270308, Vadnais Heights, MN 55127, any gifts will contribute to the aid of disabled and homeless children in southern India. We have been supporting their hospital and school for many years and have seen it grow immensely. Jack told me before he passed, that it was a "glorious day" for him and to celebrate, we will do so, every day until we join him and can do so together. Our whole family will miss his presence, but love is eternal and we are grateful for all the joys we had together, in many places of this lovely earth we are visiting. After all is said and done, we are spiritual beings, in earthly bodies, for a short time, eternity is timeless. To sign the guest book log on to www.lapaz-grahams.com
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Mar. 18, 2012
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