My Heroes!

Judge Roy Moore

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On August 1, 2001, Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore unveiled in the Rotunda of the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Alabama, a monument depicting the moral foundation of law. The granite monument, depicting the Ten Commandments on top and quotations on each of its four sides, reflect a historic tradition of the public acknowledgment of God in America and under the Alabama Constitution.

Two months later, Chief Justice Moore installed two plaques in the rotunda area: one, entitled the "Moral Foundation of Law," portrayed quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frederick Douglass that recognized the role that God's higher law played in the civil rights and anti-slavery movements; the other plaque was a bronze depiction of the federal Bill of Rights.

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Poem read by Roy Moore

Today we face another war,

If I'm not upon some distant shore,

You're against a foe that you can't see,


But one as ruthless as can be,

He'll take your life and your children too,

He'll even say that there is nothing you can do,

He'll make you think that wrong is right,


Tis but a sign to stand and fight,

And though we face the wrath of Hell,

Against those gates we shall prevail,

In homes and schools across our land,


It's time for Christians to take a stand,

And when our work on this earth is done,

When the battle is over and the victory is won,

When through all the earth, His praise will ring,


And all the heavenly angels sing,

It will be enough, Just to see the Son!

And hear Him say, My child, Well done,

You've kept my faith, So strong and true,

I knew that I could count on you.

Audie Murphy

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Audie Leon Murphy (born: June 20, 1924. died May 28, 1971).

Audie Murphy is one of my heroes because he demonstrated his courage and patriotism by his actions while in the service.  Like so many movie stars, he life was corrupted by drugs.  He fought the battle and overcame his addiction.

Audie Murphy is the most decorated American soldier in the history of our country!

CITATION: 2d Lt. Murphy commanded Company B, which was attacked by 6 tanks and waves of infantry. 2d Lt. Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to prepared positions in a woods, while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him, to his right, 1 of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. 2d Lt. Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, 2d Lt. Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer, which was in danger of blowing up at any moment, and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to German fire from 3 sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate 2d Lt. Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards, only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound, but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he killed or wounded about 50. 2d Lt. Murphy's indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction, and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy's objective.

Audie Leon Murphy, son of poor Texas sharecroppers, rose to national fame as the most decorated U.S. combat soldier of World War II. Among his 33 awards and decorations was the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery that can be given to any individual in the United States of America, for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He also received every decoration for valor that his country had to offer, some of them more than once, including 5 decorations by France and Belgium. Credited with either killing over 240 of the enemy while wounding and capturing many others, he became a legend within the 3rd Infantry Division. Beginning his service as an Army Private, Audie quickly rose to the enlisted rank of Staff Sergeant, was given a "battle field" commission as 2nd Lieutenant, was wounded three times, fought in 9 major campaigns across the European Theater, and survived the war. During Murphy's 3 years active service as a combat soldier in World War II, Audie became one of the best fighting combat soldiers of this or any other century. What Audie accomplished during this period is most significant and probably will never be repeated by another soldier, given today's high-tech type of warfare. The U.S. Army has always declared that there will never be another Audie Murphy. On 21 September, 1945, Audie was released from the Army as an active member and reassigned to inactive status. During this same time, actor James Cagney invited Murphy to Hollywood in September 1945, when he saw Murphy's photo on the cover of Life Magazine. The next couple of years in California were hard times for Audie Murphy. Struggling and becoming disillusioned from lack of work while sleeping in a local gymnasium, he finally received token acting parts in his first two films. His first starring role came in a 1949 released film by Allied Artists called, Bad Boy. In 1950 Murphy eventually got a contract with Universal-International (later called Universal) where he starred in 26 films, 23 of them westerns over the next 15 years. His 1949 autobiography To Hell And Back was a best seller. Murphy starred as himself in a film biography released by Universal-International in 1955 with the same title. The movie, To Hell and Back, held the record as Universal's highest grossing picture until 1975 when it was finally surpassed by the movie Jaws. In the mid-60s the studios switched from contract players to hiring actors on a picture-by-picture basis. Consequently, when his contract expired in 1965 Universal did not renew. This gave him the opportunity to work with other studios and independent film producers. In the 25 years that Audie spent in Hollywood, he made a total of 44 feature films. Despite his success in Hollywood, Audie never forgot his rural Texas roots. He returned frequently to the Dallas area where he owned a small ranch for a while. He also had ranches in Perris, California and near Tucson, Arizona. He was a successful Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racehorse owner and breeder, having interests in such great horses as "Depth Charge." His films earned him close to 3 million dollars in 23 years as an actor. Audie loved to gamble, and he bet on horses and different sporting events. He was also a great poker player. In his role as a prodigious gambler, he won and lost fortunes. Audie Murphy wrote some poetry and was quite successful as a songwriter. He usually teamed up with talented artists and composers such as Guy Mitchell, Jimmy Bryant, Scott Turner, Coy Ziegler, or Terri Eddleman. Dozens of Audie Murphy's songs were recorded and released by such great performers as Dean Martin, Eddy Arnold, Charley Pride, Jimmy Bryant, Porter Waggoner, Jerry Wallace, Roy Clark, Harry Nilsson and many, many others. His two biggest hits were Shutters and Boards and When the Wind Blows in Chicago. Eddy Arnold recorded When the Wind Blows in Chicago for his 1993 album Last of the Love Song Singers which is currently in release by RCA.

Audie suffered from what is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and was plagued by insomnia and depression. During the mid-60's he became dependent for a time on doctor prescribed sleeping pills called Placidyl. When he recognized that he had become addicted to this prescription drug, he locked himself in a motel room, stopped taking the sleeping pills and went through withdrawal symptoms for a week. Always an advocate for the needs of veterans, he broke the taboo about discussing war related mental problems after this experience. In a effort to draw attention to the problems of returning Korean and Vietnam War veterans, Audie Murphy spoke-out candidly about his personal problems with PTSD, then known as "Battle Fatigue". He publicly called for United States government to give more consideration and study to the emotional impact war has on veterans and to extend health care benefits to address PTSD and other mental health problems of returning war vets. While on a business trip on May 28, 1971, (Memorial Day Weekend) he was killed at the age of 46. A private plane flying in fog and rain crashed in the side of a mountain near Roanoke, Virginia. Five others including the pilot were also killed. Although Audie owned and flew his own plane earlier in his career at Hollywood, he was among the passengers that tragic day. On June 7th, Audie Murphy was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. His gravesite, near the Amphitheater, is second most visited gravesite year round. President Kennedy's grave is the most visited. In 1996 the Texas Legislature officially designated his birthday, June 20th, as Audie Murphy Day. On June 9, 1999 Governor George W. Bush, Texas made a similar proclamation declaring June 20th to officially be Audie Murphy Day in the state of Texas.

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Alan Ladd

Alan Walbridge Ladd, Jr., who starred in the 1942 smash hit “This Gun For Hire,” was born on September 3, 1913 in Hot Springs, Ark. to parents Ina Raleigh and Alan Ladd, Sr.  One of his best all-time movies was the heartwarming movie "Shane".

World Series Champions

Mark Grace Randy Johnson & Curt Shilling - MVP's Curt Shilling - #1 punch - right-handed starter of 3 games Jay Bell
Curt Shilling Bob Brenly - Coach Randy Johnson Tony Womack

November 5, 2001

Arizona Diamondbacks defeat the New York Yankees

Wins series 4 games to 3

These are the only living heroes included in these pages, but their long, long efforts to achieve baseballs greatest honor was finally achieved because these men and many others on the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team learned how to play together and learned that they must depend on each other!  There has never been a world series with so many different players contributing to each game.

Todd Beamer & Jeremy Glick

Died on September 11, 2001

These men and others gave their lives to prevent their hijacked plane from being crashed into buildings like those of the World Trade Center!

Click here to read their stories

I will remembered these men as a patriots and freedom fighters!

Tim McVeigh

Timothy James McVeigh

April 23, 1968 - June 11, 2001

Tim McVeigh was a soldier fighting to identify the evils of our government!

He was willing to give his life to bring out in public the evils of Ruby Ridge and Waco!

As one who gave his life for what he believed, may God have mercy on his soul!

Timothy McVeigh says he is sorry 168 people died at his hands, but insists the blame rests on a U.S. government bent on bullying its citizens.  I am sorry these people had to lose their lives, but that's the nature of the beast.  It's understood going in what the human toll will be.  He said, what he did was necessary to defend the personal freedom of all Americans and exact revenge for the disastrous government raids at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and Waco, Texas.   The bombing was a legit tactic in a war against an out-of-control federal government.

I will remembered this man as a freedom fighter!

The siege at Waco was the defining event in his decision to retaliate against the government with the bombing, which occurred two years to the day after the fiery end of the Texas standoff.

Roy & Dale

Roy & Dale

Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

They were the perfect example.  Real stars and heroes!

Please read about their lives in the links below.

The Official Roy Roger & Dale Evans Web Site

Dale Evans Memorial

Dale Evans Bio

List of Roy Roger's Films

Roy & Dale -- King and Queen -- Forever

Brock Speer

Brock Speer

1920 - 1999

Nashville, Tennessee - March 29th 1999

He was born Jackson Brock Speer on the 28th of December 1920.  

Brock Speer was one of the kindest, friendliest and most sincere Christians, I have ever had the privilege of meeting!

Glen Payne

Glen Payne

1926 - 1999

Franklin, Tennessee - October 15th 1999

Glen Payne, the smooth-voiced lead vocalist of the Cathedrals, one of gospel music's most revered artists, died October 15th at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

He was 72.

"He passed away peacefully without any pain, with his family.  He lead them as they all sang "Victory In Jesus."

Debbie Bennett, a producer and family friend, said in a note to fans on the group's Web site on Friday.  "Glen died with joy in his heart, the same way he lived."

Payne spent almost 60 years of his life in music, and his groups won numerous awards, including being nominated for 11 Grammies.  He was honored for his lifetime work by being inducted into the Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Texas Music Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association's Hall of Fame and the Radio Music Hall of Fame.

Payne, born in Royce City, Texas, in 1926, attended the Stamps School of Music in Dallas.

He left school to serve in the U.S. Army but returned to Stamps to teach and sing in the Frank Stamps Quartet.

In 1963, Payne formed a trio to perform at evangelist Rex Humbard's Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, Ohio.

George Younce joined the trio and changed its name to the Cathedral Quartet.  Payne and Younce, co-owners and managers, became constants in the group, which would feature 17 other members over the next 35 years on it's way to becoming one of the pre-eminent Southern Gospel groups.

Cassie Bernall

Cassie Bernall

1982 - 1999

Columbine High School - April 20 th 1999

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The killer pointed his gun at Cassie Bernall and asked her the life-or-death question:

"Do you believe in God?"

She looked at the young man, and answered. "Yes, I believe in God."

That was the last thing this 17 year old Christian would ever say.

The gunman asked her "Why?"

She had no time to answer before she was shot to death.

Cassie is my latest Hero and heroes are hard to come by today.

To the world, the happening at Columbine HS, was only a great tragedy.

As Christians, Cassie made it a day of great pride in her and her stand of faith.

Cassie is a shining example of a real Christian.

With a gun pointed at her head,

She professed her belief in God

And in the next instant was ushered into the arms of Jesus,

Where He wiped away her tears

And she was filled with joy

As she heard these precious words

Spoken by our dear Savior.

Matt 25:21 " Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." (KJV)

Cassie is one of the newest martyrs for the Christian faith.

She will not be the last.

God grant us the courage to stand as Cassie did,

When it becomes our turn to take a stand for our God.

John Wayne

John Wayne - (The Duke)

Marion Michael Morrison / Marion Robert Morrison

1907 - 1979

He was born "Marion Robert Morrison" on May 26, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, to Clyde L. and Mary A. Morrison.

A real American

Michael Landon

Michael Landon

1936 - 1991

Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz on Oct. 31, 1936.

I applaud Michael Landon for the type of rolls that he chose in his professional career.  Like so many actors in Hollywood, he didn't live the same kind of life that he acted out on Bonanza, House on the Prairie or Highway to Heaven.  He was unfaithful to his wives and even though he only lived a few blocks from his mother and sister, he had no contact with them.  When they would find out his phone number, he would have it changed.  He did help them financially but his private life was almost exactly the opposite of his professional life.

I applaud Michael Landon for the image that he presented to the public.  He was an awesome man!

Michael Landon died on July 1, 1991 of pancreatic cancer.

Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart

1908 - 1997

Jimmy Stewart was born Jimmy Maitland Stewart on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania and passed away on July 2, 1997.

My favorite movies are "Shenandoah" and "A Wonderful Life".

The title of the song that is playing is "Serenaded by Angels."

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