Murphy, who was credited with more than 200 Nazi kills and was already given the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the United States, had never received a similar honor from the Lonestar State, The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.
Perry visited Murphy's hometown of Farmersville Tuesday for the ceremony, the first time a Texas governor has visited the town. Murphy's last living sibling, a brother, accepted the award on his behalf.
"It is a privilege to live in a state with men and women like Audie Murphy," Perry told the crowd. "He reflected what valor and determination and courage meant."
Murphy became a celebrity after his battlefield heroics, starring in a movie about his life. Among his various acts of bravery, Murphy once jumped onto a burning tank destroyer and used a machine gun to hold off 250 German troops who were advancing on Allied forces, then led a counterattack to retake the portion of land the two sides were fighting to control.
Murphy died in a plane crash in 1971.