Private Mark Allen Murphy, a 2017 Clay County High School graduate, completed his Army basic training at Fort Benning, GA on December 8, 2017. Upon graduation, he earned expert in marksmanship, was undefeated in hand to hand combat in his company, and earned the rank of Private. His first duty station is at Fort Wainwright, AK where he is assigned to a Stryker unit. His proud parents are Mark and Cathy Murphy of Big Otter ,WV. He is also the big brother of Jacob Murphy.