Potemkin wrote:There are actual reasons Henry Kissinger got the Nobel Peace Prize too. That doesn't make it any less absurd.
All of these prizes are awarded, quite often, for the most petty of political reasons. Singling out one as being particularly venal is pointless.
That's how it on the battlefield too. You will see a lot of tremendous courage go unrecognized and you will see people who the commanding officer or NCO likes get valorous awards they might not have really earned. Popularity also plays a role in valor awards. You learn on the battlefield that tremendous courage and uncommon valor are a common thing but that doesn't mean it gets recognized. You learn that most often, true heroism goes unrecognized.