John P. Murphy

John Murphy John Paul Murphy was born on October 17, 1946 in Conshohocken, PA to Mr. and Mrs. Peter P. Murphy. He attended Radnor High School and was interested in biology, electronics and apparatus. He graduated in 1965 with hopes of being an engineer. He married Elisabeth J. Murphy.

In 1968, Mr. Murphy was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was a Specialist Four, Infantryman in the United States Army. Infantrymen defend against any threat by land, as well as capture, destroy and repel enemy ground forces. His unit, Aero Rifle Platoon, Air Calvary Troop, 11th Armed Calvary, also known as “The Blackhorse Regiment,” was located in southern Vietnam. The unit was created in 1901, but had the greatest impact during the Vietnam War, while in Vietnam and Cambodia. The unit’s served there for more than 2,000 days and earned eleven battle streamers.

 

In April 1968, Mr. Murphy was deployed to South Vietnam. Sadly, he died a few months later on November 10, 1968, at the age of 22. His body was returned to the United States and buried at Calvary Cemetery in West Conshohocken. He received five medals for his service.