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There are Members of all walks of life who are Masons, some more known than others, but none more important than the next. Here are a few of those known Brothers and their story...


Audie Murphy

 Audie Murphy is widely known for his role in WWII and later as an actor in Hollywood. What is not commonly known is that the Honorable Murphy was also a Mason, primarily doing his work in the Scottish Rite Bodies and as a Shriner. This Soldier of War and Peace dedicated his life to the betterment of others and was rewarded with over 30 Medals including the Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor. Brother Murphy was recognized by the Scottish Rite Bodies to receive the Knight's Commander Court of Honor in 1965, and his wife was presented his Honorary 33rd degree cap after being posthumously elected to that degree in 2000. His most regarded film is "To Hell and Back," and to date, no one has ever surpassed him as being the Most Decorated U.S. Soldier in any single conflict.


Harry S. Truman

 Harry S. Truman was a man among men, and when duty called, he went. President Truman is known for his moral viewpoint and unwavering integrity. These virtues are what makes a man a Mason, and Brother Truman was no exception. First being brought to the world's attention while heading up the Truman Committee(wartime production investigative committee that saved the taxpayers millions of dollars), he was thrust into the seat of Vice-President in 1944. Four years later, he became the 33rd President of the United States, taking over the office from the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was also a Mason. Brother Truman was initiated in 1909 in missouri, served as the first W.M. of Grandview Lodge # 618, and in 1944 he was elected to the position of Grand Master of Masons, the highest position a Mason can obtain. Brother Truman was also made a 33rd degree, an Honorary member of the Supreme Council, and an Honorary Grand Master of the Supreme Council of the International Order of DeMolay. He was presented with a 50-Year Award in 1959, and to this date is the only President to have received that Honor. He also preferred to be introduced in the Lodge as Past Grand Master Truman, not President.


Henry "Hap" Arnold

 Known as the Architect of Airpower, Henry "Hap" Arnold was a long time proponent of the skies and eventually helped create what is today the United States Air Force. He began his career in 1907 with the Infantry, being transferred to the Army Signal Corp in 1911, where he took instruction from Orville Wright and became a pilot. "Hap" Arnold was an Instructor at the first Aviation School at College Park, Maryland, and oversaw the Aviation Schools during WWI. General Arnold flew the very first Air Mail and Military Reconnaissance flight in U.S. History. He later became the Assistant Chief of the Army AirCorp, Chief of the Army Air Corp, Commanding General of the Army Air Corp, and in 1944 he was appointed as one of the first of nine 5-Star Generals in American History. Brother Arnold made a huge contribution to the creation of several organizations including the Civil Air Patrol. He retired in 1946 and was named the First General of the Air Force in 1949.


Joshua L. Chamberlain

 Joshua L. Chamberlain began his Military career as a Lt. Colonel in the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry and worked his way to Brevet Major General of the U.S. Volunteers. Brother Chamberlain is credited with being one of the overall men who changed the course of the war while entrenched at Gettysburg. He received the Medal of Honor 30 years after the fact for his heroic and unconventional actions at the Battle of Little Round Top, which are portrayed in the movie "Gettysburg." Also,  this Honorable Brother helped establish the Medal of Honor to it's glory as the highest honor one can receive in combat by denying it's issue to several hundred soldiers in garrison at Washington for extending their enlistment while his men were being slaughtered in the Gettysburg Campaign. He was appointed by General Grant to preside over the confederate surrender of colors at Appomattox.  
 Prior to the war, Chamberlain was a Professor of rhetoric at Bowdoin College, and afterwards he returned to Maine as the Governor. Joshua Chamberlain rejoined Bowdoin College after his tenure as Governor, not as a Professor, but as it's president. Later he became the Adjutant General of Maine's National Gaurd.