Idle curosity

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by AwShucks, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Most everyone knows that Sgt Alvin York was the most decorated american soldier of WW1. The question is, who was the most decorated american officer? It surprised the devil out of me. LOL
     
  2. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    You got me on that. But I will be checking back to your post to see the answer
     

  3. Matthew72

    Matthew72 New Member

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    that actor in the cowboy movies. I think his name starts with an A..
     
  4. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Interesting question.

    I only know that Douglas MacArthur lead the 84th Infantry Brigade and earned the Distinguished Service Medal and six Silver Stars, an outstanding show.
     
  5. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    The actor starting with "A" your referring to is probably Audie Murphy, the most decorated american soldier of WWII.
     
  6. Cheryl

    Cheryl Well-Known Member

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    I have visited Alvin York's grave and home that he built on that bottomland.
    I met his Brother and thouroughly enjoyed the tour. I have pics somewhere. Interesting visit for anyone interested in his life.

    Take care.
    Cheryl
     
  7. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    His old rifle and some of his stuff including his uniform lies in a case at the Alvin C York VA hospital in Murfreesboro Tn and I saw them again today.

    As for Audie Murphy he earned the LT rank from Sgt while in the battle field.
     
  8. Wally

    Wally New Member

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    Jermaid had it right GENERAL OF THE ARMY DOUGLAS MacARTHUR

    Please relize what it took to recive these awards. I do not know exactaly which ones he recieved JUST for WWI, but he was regarded as THE MOST DECORATED OFFICER IN WWI





    NATIONAL MILITARY DECORATIONS AND GOVERNMENTAL AWARDS OF

    GENERAL OF THE ARMY DOUGLAS MacARTHUR.

    United States:

    Congressional Medal of Honor (Army)
    Distinguished Service Cross (Army) with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
    Distinguished Service Medal (Army) with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters
    Distinguished Service Medal (Navy)
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    Silver Star with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
    Bronze Star with "V*'
    Air Medal
    Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster
    Philippine Campaign Medal (1899‑1903)
    Mexican Service Medal (1911‑1917)
    World War I Victory Medal with 5 Battle Clasps representing the following campaigns:

    Champagne Marne,
    Aise-Marne,
    St. Michiel,
    Meuse-Argonne,
    Defensive Sector.

    Occupation Medal World War I (Germany)
    American Defense Medal with Foreign Service Clasp
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 10 Bronze Stars representing these Campaigns:

    Philippine Islands,
    East Indies,
    Papua,
    New Guinea,
    Northern Solomons,
    Bismarck Archipelago,
    Leyte,
    Luzon,
    Southern Philippines,
    Borneo.
    Arrowhead representing amphibious assault landing on Leyte.

    Victory Medal World War II
    Occupation Medal World War II (Japan)
    National Defense Service Medal (1950-1953)
    Korean Service Medal (1950-1953) with 3 Bronze Stars and
    Arrowhead representing assault landing at Inchon.

    Presidential Unit Citation Badge with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters & 7 citations:
    3 USAFFE
    3 Philippine Department,
    1 GHQ SWPA
    The Thanks of the U. S. Senate
    The Thanks of the U. S. House of Representatives

    Chief of General Staff Badge
    Foreign Service Chevrons; 14 Stripes
    Expert Rifleman's Badge
    Expert Pistol Shot Badge
    Combat Pilots Wings

    Foreign awards

    Philippines:
    Medal of Valor
    Distinguished Service Cross
    Grand Cross Legion of Honor
    Defense Medal with Star
    Liberation Medal with 4 Stars
    Independence Ribbon
    Presidential Citation Badge
    Field Marshal Philippine Army
    The Thanks of the Philippine Congress
    Stamp and Coinage Issues
    Honorary Filipino Citizenship
    Permanent membership in every Filipino Military Organization.

    Australia:
    Pacific Star
    Thanks of Australian Parliament

    Belgium
    Grand Cross Order of The Crown with Palm
    Commander Order of the Crown
    Croix de Guerre with Palm

    China:
    Grand Cordon of Pao Ting:

    Cuba.
    Grand Cross of Military Merit

    Czechoslovakia:
    Grand Cross Order of The White Lion

    Ecuador:
    Grand Cross Order of Abdon Calderon

    France:
    Grand Cross Legion of Honor
    Grand Officer Legion of Honor
    Commander Legion of flonor
    Croix de Guerre with 4 Palms
    Honorary Corporal, Chasseurs d*Alpine de Baccarat
    Honorary Private. 8th Infantry Regiment of the Line
    Legion of Honor Fourragere
    Medal Militaire Fourragere

    Great Britain:
    Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

    Greece:
    Medal of Valor

    Guatemala:
    Cross of Military Merit First Order

    Hungary:
    Grand Cross Order of Miliary Merit

    Italy:
    Grand Cross of the Military Order
    Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown
    War Cross

    Japan
    Order of the Rising Sun First Class with Paulownia Flowers
    Thanks of Japanese Diet, 1951

    Korea:
    Grand Cross of Military Merit
    Presidential Unit Citation Badge
    Thanks of Korean Congress

    Mexico:
    Grand Cross Order of Military Merit

    Netherlands:
    Grand Cross Order of Orange‑Nassau with Swords
    Cross of Military Merit

    Poland.
    Grand Cross Polonia Restituta
    Virtuti Militari

    Roumania:
    Grand Cross Order of Military Merit

    United Nations:
    Korean Medal

    Yugoslavia:
    Grand Cross Order of White Eagle
     
  9. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Most definetley it was Douglas MacArthur. He didn't receive the Congressional Medal of Honor untill WWII. His act of courage above and beyond the call of duty was to defend the Phillipines. Actually, he received the award after he went to Australia. The US military sufferred the largest surrender of American forces in its history (in the Phillipines), and he received the Medal of Honor for it. Go figure.

    As a side note, did you know there are actually 3 Medal's of Honor. The Army, Navy and Air Force each has a separate Medal. However, the qualifications for the award remains the same.

    Second side note. What did Thomas Custer have in common with John King?
    Pretty easy one, isn't it... they won the Congressional Medal of Honor twice for separate acts of heroisim.