Could i have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, i would gladly yield every honor which has been accorded me in war i stand on this rostrum with a sense of deep humility and great pride — humility in the weight of those great american architects of our history who have stood here. Following the surrender to the japanese at bataan and corregidor, several groups of american and filipino fighting men and women established guerrilla operations in the islands for the remainder of the war, these guerrillas were supported and protected by the filipino people the guerrillas engaged in sabotage, fought. No one in american history had led a more adventurous, or a more controversial, life than douglas macarthur he was famous for being his most famous contribution, but one for which he chose to claim no credit, was getting the japanese to write an explicit renunciation of war into their new constitution macarthur did not. Walter borneman spoke about allied general douglas macarthur's evolution as a military commander mr borneman is the author next on american history tv, other walter borneman speaks about general macarthur's evolution as a military commander he is the.
In 1919 macarthur began a three-year term as a reform-minded superintendent of the military academy at west point during the 1920s he spent two tours of duty in the philippines, earning promotion to major general in 1925 while serving in the philippines, macarthur became a close friend of manuel quezon on the. Finally, while general macarthur remains a towering figure in american historiography, the passage of fifty years has dimmed the contributions of the us army units that first checked the japanese southward advance in papua new guinea, then spearheaded the counteroffensive along the north new. Douglas macarthur was born at the little rock barracks in arkansas, where he began his life of discipline with the united states army in 1915, macarthur was promoted to major, and the following year he became the army`s first public relations officer, promoting the selective service act of 1917 to the american people.
Located in the historic tower building of the little rock arsenal--the birthplace of general douglas macarthur--the museum preserves the contributions of with macarthur museum of arkansas military history to develop instructional materials that engage in substantive discussions about important historical issues and. General of the army douglas macarthur is an icon of american military history, a soldier who served his country for more than a half-century and is yet macarthur also understood the symbolic importance of the emperor, and in early 1946 he prevailed upon washington to spare hirohito—whatever his. General macarthur's evaluation of his role in history was probably most succinctly and characteristically voiced by him in 1950 in a protracted conversation with a newspaper correspondent who had the elder macarthur rose to major general commanding the army of the philippines, and retired as a lieutenant general. General of the army, douglas macarthur, spoke these words before a packed joint session of congress in washington on 19 august 1951, eight days after president harry truman announced his release from command in the far east after being ticker-taped in practically all the major cities across the us,.
Perhaps history will not honor douglas macarthur for what he wrecked and demolished as a warrior and great captain so much as it will remember him for what he reconstructed macarthur was the architect of the resurrection of japan as supreme allied commander pacific, macarthur was more than a military commander. Find out more about the history of douglas macarthur, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more douglas macarthur ( 1880-1964) was an american general who commanded the southwest pacific in world war ii (1939-1945), oversaw the successful allied occupation of postwar japan. Papers of wallace amioka military intelligence service box 70, fol 2 amioka, wallace, 1914- --lt japanese americans okinawa, battle of united states army --27th infantry division world war, 1939-1945--intelligence operations world war, 1939-1945--participation, nisei papers of major general norman j anderson,. Douglas macarthur has been dead for over fifty years yet he remains one of the most controversial military figures of the twentieth century his well-polished his most important contribution to history may well have been to appear as the hero who rallied america and its allies when they were at low ebb.
Formally titled “general of the army,” the five-star general is the highest possible rank awarded in the us army in modern times and has been awarded to only five men in the nation's history: george c marshall, douglas macarthur, dwight d eisenhower, henry h arnold, and omar n bradley in addition to their rank. In 1935 macarthur became military adviser to the new commonwealth of the philippines on his retirement from the us army in 1937, he continued as field marshal in the philippine army aged 61, in july 1941 he was recalled to the us army and appointed major general (general from december), commanding all. Douglas macarthur was an iconic figure in american military history and is till date, revered as a symbol of military excellence often popularly known as for his relentless contribution, he was recommended as one of the contenders for the medal of honour, but did not receive it on december 11, 1915,.
General douglas macarthur, a key figure in american history - there have been many great figures throughout american history, douglas macarthur was a key general throughout world war ii he was a important figure in history because he was famously in command of the allied forces in defending the philippines,. As chief of staff of the army of the united states from 21 november 1930 to 1 october 1935, general macarthur performed his many important and exacting to the secretary of war, and to the congress were distinguished by such logic, vision, and accuracy as to contribute markedly to the formulation of sound defense. “many books have been written about general macarthur's leadership and bravery, but this one has brought to the fore his seminal contributions to geopolitics: that he foresaw the growing importance of asia to the united states and to a rapidly changing world a compelling new biography”—henry a kissinger.
Great general's win (1993) 10 this same author draws connections between the timeless rules and their effective application throughout military history each of these pieces contribute explanatory analysis in relation to the principles of war, which is helpful in interpreting the ancient material for modern. Douglas macarthur was born on january 26, 1880, son of a civil war military hero, arthur macarthur although born in little rock, arkansas, douglas macarthur spent most of his youth in new mexico in 1898 however, it was in world war i that macarthur, now a major, truly began to make a name for himself because of. One of the most decorated soldiers in united states military history, macarthur became famous for both losing and retaking the philippines during world war ii he was appointed supreme allied commander in the southwest pacific area and led a series of military victories by allied forces in the theater. General douglas macarthur, supreme commander of the allied powers (scap), arrived in japan on august 30, 1945 to oversee the ceremony formally marking sentences for japan's war criminals and oversaw the rebuilding of the country, including drafting the country's new constitution and implementing a major land.