Duty Honor Country- Douglas Macarthur Essay

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Duty, Honor, Country
“And through all this welter of change and development, your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable: it is to win our wars,” this statement embodies Douglas Macarthur’s Speech “Duty, Honor, Country”. It was given in 1962 in acceptance of the Thayer Award, “The Award given… citizen of the United States, whose outstanding character, … comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto - Duty, Honor, Country.” (AOGUSMA) It has been presented to other distinguished leaders such as Former Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Regan, all of who upheld American values and the pillars, Duty, Honor and Country of the US Army. General Douglas Macarthur was one of four Men to reach
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From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation's destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The Long Gray Line has never failed us.” In this quotation General Macarthur’s ethos and career are alluded to. He talks about a great captain that with rise out of this class, and in fact Macarthur graduated first in his class and rose to control great power, showing that the life of a soldier has not varied, and neither have its morals. As stated before Macarthur is troubled by the discontent, and overall vilification of the Army in this time. The ideograph destiny is used as a specific goal for not only all these graduates but also the one leader who will come out of this class. Destiny is used as an inspiration, or a drive for these men and women to reach, but moreover as that “Long Grey Line” that has, and will be present through these times. These points are accompanied by his assumption of retirement and the latter years of his time, which help solidify his ethos. He continually states the amount of time he has given to the service, and how much he has gotten out of it. At the end of the speech he says, “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.” This gives the speech a huge breath of information, and emotional value.
General Macarthur lived

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