December 20, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – July 25, 1944; 19 years old
Last local address: 31 Center Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted February 10, 1943
Service number: 31313590
Unit: 30th Infantry Division, 119th Infantry Regiment, Company C
Born to Thomas F. (1889-1958) and Agnes L. Torpy Murphy (1889-1953). Robert was their only child.
Norwalk High School Class of ‘42
From The Norwalk Hour September 9, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murphy of Center Avenue received word from the War Department last night that their son, PFC Robert C. Murphy of the United States Army, who was reported missing in France since July 29, was killed in action on July 25. PFC Murphy entered the armed forces on February 10, 1942, went to Camp Hale as a C-Trooper, and was later transferred to the anti-tank infantry in Wisconsin. Over four months ago he was sent overseas to England and after training there, took part in the invasion of Normandy. PFC Murphy attended St. Mary’s School and was a graduate of Norwalk High School, Class of 1942. Prior to his entry into the service, he was employed by the Vanderbilt Laboratories. His father conducts a confectionery store at Main Street and Center Avenue.
Private Murphy is buried at St. John’s Cemetery, 223 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut; Section A, Lot 133, Grave 3. Photo by webmaster.