Who was the most highly decorated US soldier of World War 2?
Audie Leon Murphy b. June 20, 1924. d. May 28, 1971.
Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham VC
I have interviewed multiple veterans. The answer I get to this question is always Tommy Prince. Prince is given the honour of being the most decorated First Nations soldier but he is also the most decorated Canadian soldier. I do not have documents to prove this only the testimony of multiple veterans who served in the military during the same years as Tommy Prince has.
Major Audie Murphy is generally considered to be the most decorated U.S. combat soldier in WW2 since WW2 until Lt. Colonel Matt Urban was considered to be the most decorated U.S. combat soldier and officer, ww2 in 1980 when he was awarded the Medal of Honor and some other prevously recommended decorations for WW2 --"The Matt urban Story", 1989.
This question cannot be answered directly because it is a point of contention amongst various groups. Three soldiers I know of who are the subject of the debate regarding most decorated soldier are (in alphabetical order): Joe Hooper, Audie Murphy and Matt Urban. Further research should be conducted to weigh out the circumstances of each soldier's measure of merit before you come to your own conclusion.
If we are talking about US Army soldiers, some controversy surrounds this term most decorated. However, both names are from WWII, and they, depending on who you believe, the names are in order by first and second, or vice-versa: Colonel Matt Urban and (or) Captain Audie Murphy. (Although Colonel Urban is the most decorated combat soldier the USA has ever had!)