April 9, 1921 (Greenville Junction, ME) – July 19, 1944; 23 years old
Last local address: 37 Summit Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted on July 3, 1942
Service number: 31142796
88TH INFANTRY DIVISION, 349TH INFANTRY REGIMENT
Hospital record: First Location: Femur, upper extremity; Second Location: Face: Cheek; Third Diagnosis: Pharyngitis, acute; Causative Agent: Artillery Shell, Fragments.
From armyhistory.org about the 88th Infantry Division in 1944
Villamanga fell to the 349th on 13 July, and the 351st took Monte Foscoli. On 19 July the Allies dug in at San Miniato, where they soon experienced the brutality of the Nazis. All civilian areas were heavily mined and booby trapped, including houses and streets. The citizens of the town were herded into a church so they could not warn the allies of what lay ahead, and then were mercilessly shot by German tanks. The Germans obviously did not plan to give up easily.
From Bangor Daily News April 8, 1944
Somewhere in Italy
Hello Dear: (Mrs. Elmer Murray, Winterport)
Here I am again tonight with a letter instead of one of those notes I’ve been writing. The censorship has been lifted on a few things so I can write and let you know where I am now. I wrote on V-Mail telling you I was in Italy then they stopped us from telling, so I don’t know if it got through or not. Yes, I am in Italy, but from all views it isn’t any different than North Africa. So there isn’t anything to worry about. I can take care of myself or should be able to after 19 months of training. If the people back in the States could see the sights that we have seen and see every day, women and kids, very few men, begging for something to eat, their clothes ragged and patched, till they are ready to fall off, their homes gutted, nothing left but the four outside walls and no roof. I often wonder what all these men that are on strikes and slowing down production would do if they could just see this country over here. We often say to one another its great to know that we haven’t got to go back to this and we take a look around us. When we have chow there are about 20 or more women and children on the edge of our area waiting for the scraps and stuff we don’t want. At first it was tough to sit down and eat with them all looking on but, there was nothing else we could do. The kitchen gives them what is left over after the boys are through. There is a little girl, her mother and sister, that came down from about a quarter of a mile away, that is about the prettiest little kid I have seen over here. They don’t crowd around like the other, if you give them any its O.K. if not it is just the same, they go back and come again the next meal. She is about six years old, and reminds me of the kids back home. Some of the boys gave her a few C-ration biscuits tonight and two packs of life savers, so I went back to my tent and got a can of herring I’ve been carrying in my barracks bag for at least six weeks, but I don’t think I’ll miss it any. Well I am about run out for this time, all except the Air Corps. Remember I used to curse the Air Corps back home, but over here we sure like to see them going overhead. So long until tomorrow.
Lots of love,
From the Bangor Daily News on June 19, 1944
S.Sgt. Elmer C. Murray, Winterport, Wounded
WINTERPORT, June 18 – Mrs. Elmer C. Murray of Winterport, has received word that her husband, SSgt. Elmer C. Murray, was wounded in action June 2nd. He is serving with the infantry and has been at the front in Italy.
From the Bangor Daily News July 26, 1944
Elmer C. Murray Dies in Italy
GREENVILLE, July 25 – A communication received by Mrs. Irene Murray of Greenville from the War Department reports the death of her elder son, Staff Sgt. Elmer C. Murray, as a result of wounds received in the Italian campaign on June 2nd.
Sgt Murray was born in Greenville in 1921, the son of Irene and the late Roy Murray.
He attended Greenville Consolidated School and previous to his induction into the Army he was employed in defense work in Connecticut.
He entered the Army on July 19, 1942, and trained at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, before going overseas about a year ago, where he served, both in North Africa and Italy.
Besides his mother he is survived by his wife, the former Ella Clark of Winterport, five sisters, Mrs. Helen Mastro of Wellsley, Massachusetts, Mrs. Jessie Clukey of Exeter, Mrs. Margaret Beckwith, Grace and Vina Murray of Greenville, and one brother, Roy Jr., also of Greenville.
Buried in Greenville Cemetery, Greenville Junction Maine.