- Anonymous7 years agoFavorite Answer
I believe Smedley Butler was the most decorated US military person of all time but, he was a Marine, not a soldier. It is said that he prevented the overthrow of the US government by Republican business men. He testified before congress and those records are a matter of public record.
EDIT-- I'm glad that Wraeth mentioned Audie Murphy, he was certainly among the greats. As far as being the most decorated, he is far from it. He received one Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, and the Legion of Merit. Smedley Butler got in the Marine Corps with political pressure from his father after being rejected by the Army and the Marines. He received two Medals of Honor and a Marine Corps Brevet Medal when the Marine Corps didn't allow officers to receive the Medal of Honor so, he basically received three Medals of Honor, along with the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Another Marine exceeded Audie Murphy in medals. Dan Daley received the Medal of Honor twice, there are only 19 men to have done so and seven of them were Marines. Daley also received the Navy Cross, Distinguished Service Cross, and two Bronze Stars, far exceeding the honors bestowed on Audie Murphy.
Robert E. Lee is always considered, by historians, as one of the greatest generals. But, he was always an officer, graduating from West Point in the same class as Gen. Grant.
My opinion is that MacArthur was disqualified from any honor when he ran WWI veterans out of Washington, DC. He was a despicable person, even if for that act, alone.
We are leaving out the German & Russian snipers in the battle of Petersburg. There were also great Marine Corps and Army snipers in Vietnam.
- StevenLv 57 years ago
Wraeth has it right,Audie Murphy is the most decorated american soldier,Sgt.York was another highley decorated soldier from WW1,Alexander from Macedonia was a military genius as well as Julius Ceasar from Rome.Hannibal and Attila were both military geniuses but were defeated by forgetting what got them to the place of greatness in the first place.My overall pick for best soldier is Audie Murphy.
- James WLv 57 years ago
The American Soldier.
- WraethLv 77 years ago
Audie Murphy. He was actually the most highly decorated serviceman of all time. And he was a soldier.Source(s): US Army Scout
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- shaquilleLv 47 years ago
Captain America of course
- JamieLv 77 years ago
all soldiers that joined the military to serve their country
were the best..
- hamrogersLv 67 years ago
Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller, USMCSource(s): NCO
- BlankityBoopLv 47 years ago
Alexander the Great.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Most notably, Douglas MacArthur.
- Gaia’s GardenLv 77 years ago
Hammurabi he was the first known person to use laws on all his people rather than make slaves of those he conquered.