This topic came up for quite a bit of discussion on another forum and I thought some here would like to comment. The original question in the thread was how did Gen. Douglas MacArthur get credit for award of the Combat Infantry Badge? Apparently the criteria for the award was that it may only be awarded to enlisted soldiers, company grade and field grade officers precluded MacArthur from award of the CIB. (It was suggested that perhaps MacArthur considered his WWI service as criteria, however MacArthur went to France as a Colonel on the Staff of the 42nd (Infantry) Division and later commanded one of the Division brigades as a Brigadier General) In any case eligibility for the CIB was from 7 Dec 1941 and was not retroactive to WWI, and even if it had MacArthur would not have been eligible because of his rank.
It is interesting that people that get into these discussions frequently provide misinformation and go on to conclude what they want to conclude regarding the situation. In this case the controversy of MacArthur's eligibility for certain awards and decorations is in some cases incorrect. For example in the website that I invite your attention to, the criteria for the award of the Assault Arrowhead Device is mentioned and then it is unequivocally stated that MacArthur was not eligible for the Arrowhead Device on his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal or his Korean War Medal. I invite the naysayers attention to the well documented "landing" by MacArthur at Leyte Gulf during WWII. As to the Korean Conflict MacArthur did put ashore at Inchon while the Marines were still fighting to clear the city. Neither of these "assaults" may have been in the spirit of landing against determined resistance, but I suspect met the criteria for the Assault Arrowhead Devices, at least in MacArthur's mind.
Another of MacArthur's decorations that I have always been dubious about is he award of the Medal of Honor for his organization of the defense of the Philippines. One fact that seems to have eluded people is that MacArthur was in retired status and had been hired by the Philippine Government as their Grand Marshall, or some such title, of the Philippine Army. MacArthur was restored to active duty, but the point is that much of what the citation for the award of the MOH he did while he was not active in the U.S. Army. The story seems to be that FDR wanted to throw MacArthur a bone for avoiding the political headache of his capture by the Japanese.
IMO there has been entirely too much politicization of the MOH and great deal of misinformation. I think people reading the citations for award of the MOH forget that until WWI it was the only medal available to acknowledge valor or achievement in combat. The medal was originally awarded to enlisted men, then later opened to officers. Some of the citations for the award of the MOH were for capturing enemy flags, and other feats of arms that might well have been recognized by lesser decorations in later conflicts. Arthur MacArthur, Douglas's father, was awarded the MOH for Civil War action that according to Mr. Manchester in "American Caesar" was much admired by Douglas and inspired him to do some actions that got him "noticed in dispatches" as the saying goes. The bottom line is that Douglas was delighted at the award.
In the discussion of the issue of MacArthur leaving the Philippines the website gets into all kinds of speculation and ignores that MacArthur was ordered out because he was a talent that was needed to organize the Army for the campaign to defeat Japan. As with all historically significant military leaders there are those that are admirers and those that are detractors. The web site for which I provide the link to is well known for its cynicism of the government and by extension the military. In the case of the questionable MacArthur awards and decorations there are some very valid questions such as the award of the Command Pilot Rating Badge. I was somewhat startled by this information because as far as I know Douglas MacArthur was never a qualified pilot with any rating. But the web site goes on to question whether MacArthur met the criteria for multiple awards of the Air Medal, indeed if one is not a pilot how is that person awarded an Air Medal? But if MacArthur was in fact a rated Command Pilot would that have qualified him for award of the Air Medal?
I invite you attention to the web site for their cynical interpretation of the situation and your input as to any information regarding the criteria of some of Douglas MacArthur's awards and decorations.