Eichelberger placed his troops in needless jeopardy and suffered unnecessary losses (that is, on the outskirts of Manila). He exaggerated his own victories and, in a burst of grandiosity, shamelessly sought publicity and medals for his important, but relatively modest, contributions.
More importantly, Eichelberger's internal difficulties shattered his personal life. His preoccupation with publicity and his problems with MacArthur dominated his thoughts and emotions; these feelings made him dissatisfied with his own awards and achievements (which, by most standards, were quite impressive). He became increasingly bitter. He eventually focused all of his hate on MacArthur, the one man (besides his father) who had frustrated all of his attempts to gain love and attention. 5
Unable to tame these unresolved conflicts, Eichelberger spent the last years of his life with unhappy memories, inner turmoil, and angry vendettas. His retirement years certainly lacked any mark of greatness, for he felt no contentment with his importance or place in history. Instead, he felt only deep distress. He bore the wounds of a man suffering from a fatally flawed personality. If a man's golden years are any indicator of his true merit, Eichelberger's behavior certainly removed him from the list of the truly great, and marked him as a figure worthy more of pity than emulation.