Douglas MacArthur: What Greater Honor (Heroes of History)

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Various methods through the ages have been attempted to devise an international process to prevent or settle disputes between nations. From the very start workable methods were found in so far as individual citizens were concerned, but the mechanics of an instrumentality of larger international scope have never been successful. Military alliances, balances of power, Leagues of Nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war.

We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem basically is theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past years.

It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh. B ut once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision. In war there is no substitute for victory. There are some who, for varying reasons, would appease Red China.

They are blind to history's clear lesson, for history teaches with unmistakable emphasis that appeasement but begets new and bloodier war. It points to no single instance where this end has justified that means, where appeasement has led to more than a sham peace. Like blackmail, it lays the basis for new and successively greater demands until, as in blackmail, violence becomes the only other alternative.

Neither explanation seems valid, for China is already engaging with the maximum power it can commit, and the Soviet will not necessarily mesh its actions with our moves. Like a cobra, any new enemy will more likely strike whenever it feels that the relativity in military or other potential is in its favor on a world-wide basis. The tragedy of Korea is further heightened by the fact that its military action is confined to its territorial limits.

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It condemns that nation, which it is our purpose to save, to suffer the devastating impact of full naval and air bombardment while the enemy's sanctuaries are fully protected from such attack and devastation. Of the nations of the world, Korea alone, up to now, is the sole one which has risked its all against communism. The magnificence of the courage and fortitude of the Korean people defies description. They have chosen to risk death rather than slavery. Their last words to me were: I have just left your fighting sons in Korea.

They have met all tests there , and I can report to you without reservation that they are splendid in every way. It was my constant effort to preserve them and end this savage conflict honorably and with the least loss of time and a minimum sacrifice of life. Its growing bloodshed has caused me the deepest anguish and anxiety. Those gallant men will remain often in my thoughts and in my prayers always. I am closing my 52 years of military service.

When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die; they just fade away.

And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.

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Eidenmuller, Published by McGraw-Hill Two instances of the term "literal" were changed to "littoral. Also in this database: Top American Speeches. MacArthur began his education at the West Texas Military Academy in , and gained many valuable intellectual skills. He received an appointment to the U. Military Academy at West Point in After four years, Douglas finished at West Point first in his person class. In , MacArthur was promoted to first lieutenant for excellence achieved while working in the Philippines with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Because of his service there, he soon found himself touring Asia with his father. Directly following his assignment in Asia, he was assigned to the War Department during the Theodore Roosevelt years, becoming an official observer with the Vera Cruz Expedition. His next assignment, at the staff college at Leavenworth, became a troubling time for MacArthur when his father died in He was transferred to the War Department in Washington. While there, Chief of Staff Leonard Wood a friend of his father comforted MacArthur and gave him some much-needed motivation, providing his military career a fresh start.

He put together the 42nd Division by accumulating National Guard Units before the war. He and his men fought with determined loyalty and courage, gaining a sense of superior fighting prowess. MacArthur became the most decorated American soldier of the war. His mission successfully completed, and after sustaining two combat wounds, MacArthur earned 13 decorations and was cited seven additional times for bravery. In August , upon his promotion to brigadier general the youngest ever in the army MacArthur became the commander of the 84th Infantry Brigade.

Three months later, at the age of 38, he became the youngest divisional commander in France. Promotion to chief of staff. While MacArthur and Quezon failed in their attempt to get the former named governor of the Philippines, President Herbert Hoover settled differences by promoting MacArthur to four-star general and Army Chief of Staff, in However, because of the Great Depression , his new job was difficult. Although MacArthur was still a commander, it was not the same. In , MacArthur was recalled to active duty as the U.

Shortly after the couple arrived in Manila, his mother, "Pinky," passed away. His soon-to-be wife, year-old Jean, comforted MacArthur through the loss of his mother. However, their delightful life in Manila slowly became engulfed by an ever-expanding Japanese empire. Roosevelt named MacArthur commander of all U.

Army forces in the Far East in July While preparing the U. Despite General Dwight D. His army and air force were quickly pulverized, and by January, the remainder of his men were forced onto the Bataan Peninsula. While his forces struggled to survive, MacArthur could only watch from his command on the island of Corregidor at the mouth of Manila Bay. Under cover of night, a U. Command in the Pacific therefore remained divided. Navy awarded him the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

On 29 August , MacArthur was ordered to exercise authority through the Japanese government machinery, including the Emperor Hirohito. Unlike in Germany, where the Allies had in May abolished the German state, the Americans chose to allow the Japanese state to continue to exist, albeit under their ultimate control. MacArthur took the view that a few "militarist" extremists had "hijacked" Japan starting in with the Mukden Incident , the Emperor was a pro-Western "moderate" who had been powerless to stop the militarists, and thus bore no responsibility for any of the war crimes committed by the Japanese between and Bix described the relationship between the general and the Emperor as: Their relationship became one of expediency and mutual protection, of more political benefit to Hirohito than to MacArthur because Hirohito had more to lose—the entire panoply of symbolic, legitimizing properties of the imperial throne".

At the same time, MacArthur undermined the imperial mystique when his staff released the famous picture of his first meeting with the Emperor, the impact of which on the Japanese public was electric as the Japanese people for the first time saw the Emperor as a mere man overshadowed by the much taller MacArthur instead of the living god he had always been portrayed as.

Up to , the Emperor had been a remote, mysterious figure to his people, rarely seen in public and always silent, whose photographs were always taken from a certain angle to make him look taller and more impressive than he really was. No Japanese photographer would have taken such a photo of the Emperor being overshadowed by MacArthur.

The Japanese government immediately banned the photo of the Emperor with MacArthur on the grounds that it damaged the imperial mystique, but MacArthur rescinded the ban and ordered all of the Japanese newspapers to print it. The photo was intended as a message to the Emperor about who was going to be the senior partner in their relationship. As he needed the Emperor, MacArthur protected him from any effort to hold accountable for his actions, and allowed him to issue statements that incorrectly portrayed the emerging democratic post-war era as a continuation of the Meiji era reforms.

His indictment will unquestionably cause a tremendous convulsion among the Japanese people, the repercussions of which cannot be overestimated.

He is a symbol which unites all Japanese. Destroy him and the nation will disintegrate It is quite possible that a million troops would be required which would have to be maintained for an indefinite number of years. To counter this situation, it would be most convenient if the Japanese side could prove to us that the Emperor is completely blameless. I think the forthcoming trials offer the best opportunity to do that. Tojo, in particular should be made to bear all responsibility at his trial. I want you to have Tojo say as follows: From the viewpoint of both sides, having one especially evil figure in the form of General Hideki Tojo , on whom everything that went wrong could be blamed, was most politically convenient.

As I told Yonai This is the reason for my request MacArthur's attempts to shield the Emperor from indictment and to have all the blame taken by Tojo were successful, which as Herbert P.

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MacArthur was responsible for confirming and enforcing the sentences for war crimes handed down by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. About 4, were convicted, almost 1, sentenced to death, and hundreds given life imprisonment. MacArthur gave immunity to Shiro Ishii and other members of the bacteriological research units in exchange for germ warfare data based on human experimentation.

MacArthur confirmed that the emperor's abdication would not be necessary. As Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers SCAP in Japan, MacArthur and his staff helped Japan rebuild itself, eradicate militarism and ultra-nationalism, promote political civil liberties, institute democratic government, and chart a new course that ultimately made Japan one of the world's leading industrial powers. The constitution—which became effective on 3 May —instituted a parliamentary system of government, under which the Emperor acted only on the advice of his ministers. It included the famous Article 9 , which outlawed belligerency as an instrument of state policy and the maintenance of a standing army.

The constitution also enfranchised women, guaranteed fundamental human rights, outlawed racial discrimination, strengthened the powers of Parliament and the Cabinet, and decentralized the police and local government. Some of MacArthur's reforms were rescinded in when his unilateral control of Japan was ended by the increased involvement of the State Department. The reforms alarmed many in the U. Departments of Defense and State, who believed they conflicted with the prospect of Japan and its industrial capacity as a bulwark against the spread of communism in Asia.

In , MacArthur made a bid to win the Republican nomination to be the GOP candidate for president, which was the most serious of several efforts he made over the years. Wood , a diverse collection of "Old Right" and Progressive Republicans only united by a belief that the U. S sign a peace treaty with Japan was intended to allow him to retire on a high note, and thus campaign for the presidency.

For the same reasons, Truman subverted MacArthur's efforts to have peace treaty signed in , saying that more time was needed before the U. S could formally make peace with Japan. Without a peace treaty, MacArthur decided not to resign while at the same time writing letters to Wood saying he would be more than happy to accept the Republican nomination if it were offered to him.

The Japanese people since the war have undergone the greatest reformation recorded in modern history. With a commendable will, eagerness to learn, and marked capacity to understand, they have from the ashes left in war's wake erected in Japan an edifice dedicated to the supremacy of individual liberty and personal dignity, and in the ensuing process there has been created a truly representative government committed to the advance of political morality, freedom of economic enterprise, and social justice.

MacArthur handed over power to the Japanese government in , but remained in Japan until relieved by President Harry S. The San Francisco Peace Treaty , signed on 8 September , marked the end of the Allied occupation, and when it went into effect on 28 April , Japan was once again an independent state. All the first units to arrive could do was trade men and ground for time, falling back to the Pusan Perimeter.

North Korean attacks on the perimeter had tapered off. While the North Korean force numbered 88, troops, Lieutenant General Walton Walker 's Eighth Army now numbered ,, and he had more tanks and artillery pieces. Launched with naval and close air support, the landing outflanked the North Koreans, recaptured Seoul and forced them to retreat northward in disarray. On 11 September, Truman issued orders for an advance beyond the 38th parallel into North Korea. MacArthur now planned another amphibious assault, on Wonsan on the east coast, but it fell to South Korean troops before the 1st Marine Division could reach it by sea.

He regarded the possibility of Soviet intervention as a more serious threat. A month later, things had changed. The enemy were engaged by the UN forces at the Battle of Unsan in late October, which demonstrated the presence of Chinese soldiers in Korea and rendered significant losses to the American and other UN troops. Nevertheless, Willoughby downplayed the evidence about Chinese intervention in the war. He estimated that up to 71, Chinese soldiers were in the country, while the true number was closer to , On 24 November, the Central Intelligence Agency reported to Truman that while there could be as many as , Chinese troops in Korea, "there is no evidence that the Chinese Communists plan major offensive operations.

For five hours I toured the front lines. In talking to a group of officers I told them of General Bradley's desire and hope to have two divisions home by Christmas What I had seen at the front line worried me greatly. If the Chinese were actually in heavy force, I decided I would withdraw our troops and abandon any attempt to move north. I decided to reconnoiter and try to see with my own eyes, and interpret with my own long experience what was going on MacArthur flew over the front line himself in his Douglas C Skymaster but saw no signs of a Chinese build up and therefore decided to wait before ordering an advance or withdrawal.

Evidence of the Chinese activity was hidden to MacArthur: Lawton Collins with a series of nine successive withdrawal lines. Ridgway , whom MacArthur had selected in case of such an eventuality. His credibility suffered in the unforeseen outcome of the November offensive Collins discussed the possible use of nuclear weapons in Korea with MacArthur in December, and later asked him for a list of targets in the Soviet Union in case it entered the war.

MacArthur testified before the Congress in that he had never recommended the use of nuclear weapons. He did at one point consider a plan to cut off North Korea with radioactive poisons; he did not recommend it at the time, although he later broached the matter with Eisenhower, then president-elect, in In , in an interview published after his death, he stated he had wanted to drop atomic bombs on enemy bases, but in , he challenged a statement by Truman that he had advocated using atomic bombs.

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Truman issued a retraction, stating that he had no evidence of the claim; it was merely his personal opinion. In April , the Joint Chiefs of Staff drafted orders for MacArthur authorizing nuclear attacks on Manchuria and the Shantung Peninsula if the Chinese launched airstrikes originating from there against his forces. They were concerned that this might lead to a major war with China, possibly involving nuclear weapons. In a visit to the United States in December , the British prime minister, Clement Attlee , had raised the fears of the British and other European governments that "General MacArthur was running the show".

Under Ridgway's command, the Eighth Army pressed north again in January. He inflicted heavy casualties on the Chinese, [] recaptured Seoul in March , and pushed on to the 38th Parallel. Truman's proposed announcement was shelved. It seems strangely difficult for some to realize that here in Asia is where the communist conspirators have elected to make their play for global conquest, and that we have joined the issue thus raised on the battlefield; that here we fight Europe's war with arms while the diplomats there still fight it with words; that if we lose the war to communism in Asia the fall of Europe is inevitable, win it and Europe most probably would avoid war and yet preserve freedom.

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As you pointed out, we must win. There is no substitute for victory. In March secret United States intercepts of diplomatic dispatches disclosed clandestine conversations in which General MacArthur expressed confidence to the Tokyo embassies of Spain and Portugal that he would succeed in expanding the Korean War into a full-scale conflict with the Chinese Communists.

When the intercepts came to the attention of President Truman, he was enraged to learn that MacArthur was not only trying to increase public support for his position on conducting the war, but had secretly informed foreign governments that he planned to initiate actions that were counter to United States policy.

The President was unable to act immediately since he could not afford to reveal the existence of the intercepts and because of MacArthur's popularity with the public and political support in Congress. However, following the release on April 5 by Representative Martin of MacArthur's letter, Truman concluded he could relieve MacArthur of his commands without incurring unacceptable political damage.

Although they felt that it was correct "from a purely military point of view", [] they were aware that there were important political considerations as well. The outcome of such a trial was uncertain, and it might well have found him not guilty and ordered his reinstatement. He had violated the President's 6 December directive [not to make public statements on policy matters], relayed to him by the JCS, but this did not constitute violation of a JCS order.

In a 3 December article in Time magazine, Truman was quoted as saying in the early s:. I fired him because he wouldn't respect the authority of the President. I didn't fire him because he was a dumb son of a bitch, although he was, but that's not against the law for generals. If it was, half to three-quarters of them would be in jail. The relief of the famous general by the unpopular politician for communicating with Congress led to a constitutional crisis , [] and a storm of public controversy. Polls showed that the majority of the public disapproved of the decision to relieve MacArthur.

As of [update] , that remains the lowest Gallup Poll approval rating recorded by any serving president. It concluded that "the removal of General MacArthur was within the constitutional powers of the President but the circumstances were a shock to national pride". It was his and Jean's first visit to the continental United States since , when they had been married; Arthur IV, now aged 13, had never been to the U.

Congress presenting and defending his side of his disagreement with Truman over the conduct of the Korean War. During his speech, he was interrupted by fifty ovations. I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all of my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point , and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that " old soldiers never die; they just fade away ".

And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. MacArthur received public adulation, which aroused expectations that he would run for president, but he was not a candidate. MacArthur carried out a speaking tour in —52 attacking the Truman administration for "appeasement in Asia" and for mismanaging the economy. Taft , and was keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention. Taft lost the nomination to Eisenhower, who went on to win the election by a landslide.

At the celebration for MacArthur's 80th birthday, many of his friends were startled by the general's obviously deteriorating health. The next day, he collapsed and was rushed into surgery at St. Luke's Hospital to control a severely swollen prostate. After his recovery, MacArthur methodically began to carry out the closing acts of his life. He visited the White House for a final reunion with Eisenhower. In , he made a "sentimental journey" to the Philippines, where he was decorated by President Carlos P.

Garcia with the Philippine Legion of Honor. Kennedy solicited MacArthur's counsel in The first of two meetings was held shortly after the Bay of Pigs Invasion. MacArthur was extremely critical of the military advice given to Kennedy, and cautioned the young President to avoid a U.

In , West Point honored the increasingly frail MacArthur with the Sylvanus Thayer Award for outstanding service to the nation, which had gone to Eisenhower the year before. MacArthur's speech to the cadets in accepting the award had as its theme "Duty, Honor, Country":. The shadows are lengthening for me. The twilight is here.

My days of old have vanished, tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears, and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly, but with thirsty ears, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield.

But in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West Point. Always there echoes and re-echoes: Today marks my final roll call with you, but I want you to know that when I cross the river my last conscious thoughts will be of The Corps, and The Corps, and The Corps. I bid you farewell. The dispute threatened to derail the participation of the United States in the Summer Olympics. His presence helped to broker a deal, and participation in the games went on as planned.

An estimated , people filed by the bier. MacArthur had requested to be buried in Norfolk, Virginia , where his mother had been born and where his parents had married. In , the mayor of Norfolk had proposed using funds raised by public contribution to remodel the old Norfolk City Hall as a memorial to General MacArthur and as a repository for his papers, decorations, and mementos he had accepted.

Restored and remodeled, the MacArthur Memorial contains nine museum galleries whose contents reflect the general's 50 years of military service. At the heart of the memorial is a rotunda. In its center lies a sunken circular crypt with two marble sarcophagi, one for MacArthur, [] the other for Jean, who continued to live in the Waldorf Towers until her own death in MacArthur has a contested legacy.

In the Philippines in , he suffered a defeat that Gavin Long described as "the greatest in the history of American foreign wars". There simply were no other choices that came close to matching his mystique, not to mention his evocative lone-wolf stand—something that has always resonated with Americans. MacArthur's concept of the role of the soldier as encompassing a broad spectrum of roles that included civil affairs, quelling riots and low-level conflict, was dismissed by the majority of officers who had fought in Europe during World War II, and afterwards saw the Army's role as fighting the Soviet Union.

On the other hand, Truman once remarked that he did not understand how the US Army could "produce men such as Robert E. Lee , John J. I hope you don't pull a MacArthur on me. MacArthur remains a controversial and enigmatic figure. He has been portrayed as a reactionary, although he was in many respects ahead of his time. He championed a progressive approach to the reconstruction of Japanese society, arguing that all occupations ultimately ended badly for the occupier and the occupied.

He was often out of step with his contemporaries, such as in when he contended that Nazi Germany could not defeat the Soviet Union, when he argued that North Korea and China were no mere Soviet puppets, and throughout his career in his insistence that the future lay in the Far East. As such, MacArthur implicitly rejected White American contemporary notions of their own racial superiority. He always treated Filipino and Japanese leaders with respect as equals. At the same time, his Victorian sensibilities recoiled at leveling Manila with aerial bombing, an attitude the hardened World War II generation regarded as old fashioned.

During his lifetime, MacArthur earned over military decorations from the U. MacArthur was enormously popular with the American public. Streets, public works, and children were named after him. Even a dance step was named after him. Since the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Awards are presented annually by the United States Army on behalf of the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation to recognize company grade officers lieutenants and captains and junior warrant officers warrant officer one and chief warrant officer two who have demonstrated the attributes of "duty, honor, country" in their professional lives and in service to their communities.

The MacArthur Award is presented annually to seniors at these military schools. The award is designed to encourage cadets to emulate the leadership qualities shown by General Douglas MacArthur, as a student at West Texas Military Institute and the U.

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Approximately 40 schools are authorized to provide the award to its top cadet each year. The MacArthur Leadership Award at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario is awarded to the graduating officer cadet who demonstrates outstanding leadership performance based on the credo of Duty-Honor-Country and potential for future military service. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see General MacArthur disambiguation. MacArthur in Manila , Philippines c. Louise Cromwell Brooks m. Douglas MacArthur's escape from the Philippines.

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