“You should aspire to be as educated as you can!”
Lt Col Bryant A. Murray is heralded by his illustrious military career which encompassed 30 years of federal military service.
Born on 19 November 1918, in Indiana, Lt Col Murray began his federal service in Ruston, Louisiana by Enlisting in the US Army Air Corps reserves (USAAC-R), as a private, on 26 October, 1940. Within ten years, Lt Col Murray forever changed his life when he entered the United States Air Force (USAF), completing Aviator school and being commissioned an Air Operations Officer, Navigation Observer on 13 January 1951.
Lt Col Murray’s service spanned post-World War II, through the Korean and Vietnam theaters of operation. On a somber note, it was during his service in Korea that he returned home for his father’s funeral. While home, his flight crew was shot down and killed. This unfortunate event inspired and impassioned the Lt Col to volunteer for another duty in Korea, memorializing and honoring the service of his fallen comrades.
Other major duties and assignments included: B52 Navigator Training School, US Air Force Navigator and Bombardier School, Advance Survival Training, Advanced Tactical Air War Fighter School, Radar Equipment Air Maintenance School, Strategic Air Command Standardization School, A-26a Combat Controller School, Pacific Air Forces Jungle Survival School.
Lt Col Murray’s last assignment was at USAF Tactical Air War fighter Center (TAWC), Tactical Air Command (TAC), Eglin Air Force Base, just outside Niceville, Florida. He concluded his esteemed career, retiring Honorably on 28 February 1971.
On a more personal note, Bryant A. Murray was married and had four children: Bryanne, Shannon, Kevin, and Blair. His interests and hobbies outside his military service included: buying land and building homes in Florida, and sailing; which included a Florida sailboat rental company, teaching sailing and racing sailboats.
Major Awards and Decorations:
- Distinguished Flying Cross w/Combat “V”/1 Silver OLC
- Air Medal w/11 OLC
- Air Force Commendation Medal
- Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
- Distinguished Unit Citation
- Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/2 OLC
- Air Force Combat Readiness Medal
- Army-Air Force Good Conduct Medal
- American Defense Service Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- WWII Victory Medal
- National Defense Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star
- Korean Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars
- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
- Republic of Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Bronze Stars
- Vietnam Campaign Medal
- Air Force Longivity Service Award w/1 Silver OLC
- Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
- Air Force Armed Forces Reserve Medal
- United Nations Service Medal (Korea Pendant)
- Republic of Korea War Service Medal