PVT Francis J. Murphy was born 30 Mar 1911 in Taunton, Massachusetts. He was the 6th of 7 children born to John Francis and Alice Augusta (Smith) Murphy. His mother was a native of Ireland. His father worked as a machinist, janitor. Francis married Mary Christine Dooley in 1935 and he was working as a clerk in the First National Store in Taunton by 1941 he was the manager. Francis reported a 1939 income of $1200.
Francis was drafted in December 1943. After his basic training he was sent to the European theater and on 5 Sep 1944 was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry. His father and mother would both die in 1944. PVT Murphy was killed in action on 14 Sep 1944.
PVT Murphy was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Saint Francis Old Cemetery in Taunton, Massachusetts.