3 Soldiers join Sgt. Audie Murphy Club
Brig. Gen. Donald MacWillie, senior commander, Fort Riley, places a medal around Staff Sgt. Larry Landrum’s neck July 2 at the 1st Inf. Div. headquarters. The medal signifies Landrum, Co. C, 3rd AHB, CAB, is a member of the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club. Photo by: Amanda Kim Stairrett, 1ST INF. DIV.
Story by: Amanda Kim Stairrett
1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Never quit. Never say never. That was the advice one of three newest Sgt. Audie Murphy Club inductees had for other Soldiers who aspired to achieve one of the top honors in the Noncommissioned Officer Corps.
Staff Sgt. Larry Landrum, Company C, 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, has always aspired to be the best, he said, and working for a spot in the prestigious club was just another way for him to succeed.
Landrum; Staff Sgt. Damir Hodzic, Co. A, 3rd AHB, CAB, 1st Inf. Div.; and Sgt. 1st Class Rishard Wright, Medical Activity; were honored during a July 2 induction ceremony into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.
Those interested in joining the club must be recommended by their chains of command and then go before a board of sergeants major to answer questions about leadership, training, real-world events and the club's namesake, Audie Murphy.
Murphy, who was rejected for enlistment by the Marines and Air Force in the early 1940s, is regarded as the greatest combat Soldier, receiving the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Legion of Merit for his actions during multiple World War II battles in Europe. The enlisted Soldier, turned officer, turned movie star was honored with more than 30 military awards from the U.S., France and Belgium.
July 2 was a great day to induct three great Americans into the club, said Fort Riley Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Rivera.
Murphy showed a commitment to Soldiers and their Families even after he fought in WWII, working through agencies to honor them, Rivera said.
Landrum, Hodzic and Wright do that, too, Rivera said.
"Not just these three, but Soldiers in your formations who are doing that day in and day out – not just for recognition," he said to the crowd gathered to support the inductees.
Rivera challenged the senior leaders before him to bring those Soldiers forward and encourage them to become Sgt. Audie Murphy Club members.
"Let the Army recognize them," he said. "Let the division recognize them for everything that they have done."
Landrum said he had a lot to offer up-and-coming Soldiers.
"If we don't train the newer generation, no one will," he said.
"So that's why they're being recognized today," Rivera said.