Gene A. Murphy


Gene Murphy was paralyzed in 1969 by two gunshots to his right side while serving as an Army sergeant in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with V Device. National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in 1987-88, he was named South Dakota's Handicapped Citizen of the Year in 1979. In 1984, Mr. Murphy was honored by the National DAV as the nation's Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year.

He is a member of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Military Order of The Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion and the South Dakota Veterans Council, for which he served as President in 1978-79. He was elected to the Foundation Board in 1998. 


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