Murray grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. and enlisted in the Navy after graduation from high school. When he finished basic training Murray was assigned to Hospital Corps School.
He started work in the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston and served in various naval hospitals around the country.
Before the war Murray worked as a diamond cutter and when he was discharged he went back to work in the diamond business. He retired around 2000 and moved to Ridgefield with his wife.