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.
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