Your a little late with this "revelation" - by about fifty years. When the Bronze Star was created in 1944, individuals who had previously received the Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) or Combat Medical Badge (CMB) FOR INDIVIDUAL DEEDS OF VALOR (as opposed to having simply accumulated the requisite qualifying number of days under fire) were declared eligible for the new decoration.
Through misinterpretation and misapplication of the above rule, hundreds of thousands (perhaps millions) of Bronze Star decorations have been - and continue to be - issued to WWII and Korean War veterans solely on the basis of their having received the CIB or CMB. See Message #611 of 30 December 1999 and #619 of 1 January 2000 (I've addressed this same issue a number of times in the past so you'll find several more messages, same or similar, interspersed among past postings).
(Checking past postings as well as double-checking information and/or sources can very often prevent embarassing situations like this. Unfortunately, it can also create or revive the same - see Message #419).