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SSG Robert C. Murray '64, CMOH Award

Robert (Bob) Murray, Fordham Prep Class of 1964, was a genial, prayerful, and genuine young man. Upon graduation from Fordham University, he began studies at Harvard Business School, then opted to enlist in the U.S. Army. While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded Bronze Stars for heroism for two separate actions, resulting in promotion to Staff Sergeant.

One June 7, 1970, while on patrol, Bob sacrificed his life by throwing himself onto a live grenade to save the soldiers he led. For his extraordinary valor, he was posthumously awarded our country’s highest military recognition – The Medal of Honor.

The Murray Award, symbolized by a medallion inscribed with the words “Courage, Love, Sacrifice”, also includes a scholarship for college, and an honorary membership in the Class of 1964. It was established by his classmates and family so that each year, the Prep community might reflect on Bob’s devotion to his country, courage, love for his neighbor, and final sacrifice. His promising life and magnanimous death point us to our better selves.

To date, the Prep community has collectively contributed $184,064.00 to the Robert C. Murray Award Fund.

The Robert C. Murray Award recognizes that member of the senior class who has best exemplified the qualities of the man for whom it is named.

2021 Recipient

 Richard Alaimo, Villanova 


Past Recipients of the Robert C. Murray Award

2020 - Michael McCrory, Boston College

2019 - John Greco, Boston College

2018 - Michael Sexton, Wisconsin

2017 - Owen Lombardi, Notre Dame