Douglas MacArthur, 1880 - 1964
At Manila, Phillipine Islands on 2 August 1945. Naval Historical Center
Born: 26 January 1880, Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: 5 April 1964, Washington City
"Big Mac" was a soldier to the core: Not only was he the son of a highly-decorated general, he was actually born in a building that had been an arsenal. He moved with his family from one assignment to the next until he entered West Point in 1898 where he graduated first in his class and third in all-time achievement. He was a brilliant strategist in the Pacific Theater during World War II, with a few significant blunders, then was in charge of Japan and is responsible for rebuilding the economy and government. Back in the Army in time for Korea, his boldness ended up in rank insubordination, resulting in his being removed from his command by Harry S Truman in 1951. The public still loved him, he was allowed a farewell address to Congress and his ticker-tape parade involved 3,249 tons of paper dumped on Manhattan's Broadway.
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- A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding. permalink
- A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him. permalink
- A new era is upon us. Even the lesson of victory itself brings with it profound concern, both for our future security and the survival of civilization. The destructiveness of the war potential, through progressive advances in scientific discovery, has in fact now reached a point which revises the traditional concepts of war. permalink
Douglas MacArthur - radio broadcast from USS Missouri (2 September 1945)
- Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. permalink
- Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war. permalink
- Expect only 5% of an intelligence report to be accurate. The trick of a good commander is to isolate the 5%. permalink
- Found a little patched-up inn in the village of Bulson.... Proprietor had nothing but potatoes; but what a feast he laid before me. Served them in five different courses: potato soup, potato fricassee, potatoes creamed, potato salad, and finished with potato pie. It may be because I had not eaten for 36 hours, but that meal seems about the best I ever had. permalink
- History fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral decay have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster. permalink
- However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind. permalink
- I address you with neither rancor nor bitterness in the fading twilight of life, with but one purpose in mind: to serve my country. permalink
Douglas MacArthur - farewell address to Congress (19 April 1951)
- I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. permalink
- I came out of Bataan and I shall return! permalink
Douglas MacArthur - While transferring trains at Terowie, South Australia regarding the Battle of Philippines (20 March 1942)
- I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes. permalink
- I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil. permalink
Douglas MacArthur - Leyte, Philippines (17 October 1944)
- I said, to the people of the Philippines whence I came, I shall return. Tonight, I repeat those words: I shall return! permalink
Douglas MacArthur - on arrival in Australia from the Philippines (30 March 1942)
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