134th Infantry Regiment
"All Hell Can't Stop Us"
Murray Lee Combs, Jr. was born April
22nd, 1919 in Kansas City, Kansas to Murray Lee and Ella N. Combs. His father
worked for the Union Pacific Railroad from 1915 until he retired in 1941. Raised
in Kansas City, Murray was very active in the Boy Scouts of America, attaining
the rank of Eagle Scout in 1936; he was also a serious student, graduating from
Wyandotte High School in 1938 and being accepted into the National Honor Society
during his time at Kansas City, Kansas Junior College. Later, as president of
the Ojai Junior Chamber of Commerce, he worked to increase the availability of
Murray was inducted into the Army in February, 1941. He met Betty Jane Hurst at a U.S.O. show in September, 1942 and they were married three months later on December 31st in Glendale, California. In May of 1944 Murray left for Europe where his Company (the 35th Quartermaster) was cited with the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque; he served until the war's end in 1945. After returning home Murray settled down in Southern California, where he worked as a title officer for Title Insurance & Trust Company and Safeco Title. He and Betty raised three children, Craig Lee, Stephen Kent, and Denise.
In 1971, Murray and Betty moved to Pleasant Hill, Oregon where they maintained a small farm ranch. They enjoyed camping and were members of the Ore-Lane Roamers Camper Club. Murray passed away on February 6th, 1996 at age 76 after a short battle with cancer.
CLICK HERE to see photographs of other 35th Quartermaster Company soldiers from Cpl. Combs' colletion.
Thanks to Murray Lee Combs' grandson, Matthew Lee Combs, for these photos and the information about his grandfather.