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416th Bombardment Group (L)

Dr. Garland Doty Murphy Jr.

Major, Flight Surgeon

February 4, 1911 - November 28, 1966

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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Dr. Garland Doty Murphy Jr.
(Landowner’s gift launches American Legion grant program to assist other groups  (PDF))

Services Set In El Dorado For Physician

EL DORADO, Ark. - Dr. Garland Doty Murphy Jr., 55, prominent El Dorado physician and surgeon and a leading Arkansas legionnaire, died in a local hospital Monday of injuries resulting from an automobile accident. It is understood that the accident happened about 10 days ago but was not hospitalized until server days ago.

Born in Champagnolle, Ark. he was a lifelong resident of Union County, a graduate of Ouachita College, Tulane University and the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

He joined his father in the practice of medicine after interning at St. Margaret's Hospital in Kansas City, Kans.

Dr. Murphy served during World War II as a flight surgeon. He held the rank of major in the Army Air Force at the time of his discharge.

He took an active interest in the affairs of the American Legion, rising to national eminence in the organization. He was a past commander of the Arkansas Department of the American Legion and of El Dorado's Roy V. Kinard Post No. 10, and past national vice commander. He was chairman of the Legion's National Child Welfare Department and founder of its National Child Welfare Foundation.

Dr. Murphy was a member of the First Baptist Church; of El Dorado Masonic Lodge No. 13; and a Shriner in Scimitar Temple, Little Rock. He was a member of the Boys Club of El Dorado, the board of Union Memorial Hospital, the State Medical Board, the Arkansas Amateur Athletic Assistants Board, the Union County Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Academy of General Practitioners and the American Society of Abdominal Surgery.

He was a former president of the Arkansas State Medical Board of Examiners.

Survivors include his widow, a son, Garland Doty Murphy of El Dorado; a brother, John Tom Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio; and a sister, Mrs. Henry Gilliam of El Dorado.

Funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Don B. Harbuck officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. Rayford McLean. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors by Roy V. Kinard Post No. 10 of the American Legion.

Active pallbearers will be Lawrence Fisher of Little Rock, Dr. Joe Verser of Harriesburg, Dorce Rogers, Cecil Wuimby, C. E. Bond, Claude Carpenter of Little Rock, Monroe Hunsicker of Natchez, Miss., and Sam Serio of Camden. Honorary pallbearers will be all members of the Union County Medical Society.

The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana), 29 Nov 1966, Tue, Page 10
(Newspapers.com)  (PDF)

See also:
Major Garland Doty Murphy Jr. Photo and Documents Collection

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