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    Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26, 1880 at a military base in Little Rock, Arkansas. His dad, Lieutenant General Arthur MacArthur, was a war hero. His mother was Mary Pinkney Hardy MacArthur, and her brothers had fought during the civil war. Douglas MacArthur was born into a military family and was expected to be great. He had two brothers, both of whom died when he was fairly young. As a child, Douglas and his family moved around to different army stations very often. MacArthur said, “It was here I learned to ride and shoot, before I could read or write-indeed, almost before I could walk or talk.” Fighting for his country is all he knew, it’s all he was ever exposed to. When his family moved to Texas in 1893 Douglas attended the West Texas Military Academy. After he graduated from high school, he went on to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1903 near the top of his class. Douglas MacArthur was described as an extraordinary student who showed great promise. He first entered the army as a junior officer in the Army Corps of Engineers. Quickly, he gained many promotions and was stationed throughout the world. He was promoted to Major in 1915, and in 1916 MacArthur became the army’s first public relations coordinator. Shortly after World War 1 began and the…

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    General Douglas MacArthur Born January 26, 1880, Douglas MacArthur grew to be one of the nation’s finest Military leaders of all time. His military career began in West Point on June 13, 1899-June 13, 1819. He later helped lead the 42nd Division in France during World War I for four years. After WWI, he took on positions of high authority and responsibility. From being the superintendent of West Point on June 1, 1919; Chief of Staff; Field Marshall of the Philippines; Supreme Commander of the…

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    General MacArthur was open about his animosity towards Marine forces being on the ground because he felt that they were taking funds to do the same job as the Army. After his proposal to the president and Congress to move all Marine forces to the control of the Army, the Commandant of the Marine Corp was “impressed with the gravity of the threat” (80), and he knew that something must be done to preserve the branch. He decided to carry out the already proposed plan to make the Marines a landing…

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    General Douglas MacArthur’s Farewell Address: Duty, Honor, Country. On May 12, 1962 General Douglas MacArthur spent his last day on duty at West Point and gave his very famous Farewell Address. President Kennedy had just been elected President of the United States and the Americans were head over heels for him. He gave an overwhelming peace among the U.S. with his caring words of charisma. Many things were happening in this time period such as the fight for Civil Rights among the African…

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    made you feel you’d contributed a boon to the whole human race” (“Douglas MacArthur” 1). MacArthur came from a background of a strict military upbringing. His father and grandfather were both generals and being raised on a military base MacArthur was destined to be a part of the United States military. His life was shaped and structured, but he had a special quality others lacked. He was a man with a mind ingenious and a heart of gold. Douglas MacArthur’s extraordinary efforts in Japan have…

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    General Douglas McArthur in a speech to the joint session of Congress in April of 1951 defended his strategy for ending the conflict in Korea and uniting that country. MacArthur explained to Congress how Asian history had been one of exploitation by colonial powers. After WWII, the people of Asia finally had the opportunity to design their own future and freedom. However, the Asian people understandably were concerned with the need for food, shelter, as well as political freedom.…

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    of the Truman Doctrine. In presenting the doctrine, the President emphatically asked Americans to commit to a world-wide anti-communist movement that continues to guide foreign policy to this day. The firing of Douglas MacArthur, an influential and popular General due to his accomplishments of World War II, is arguably a contradiction of the fight against communism, as MacArthur was a proven opponent (LaFeber, 2008). So why was he dismissed? The controversy between the President and General…

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    Although this battle in the Pacific War is not considered as one of the major turning point, people will still remember the gruesome infamous “Bataan Death March” that Filipinos and American troops experienced against the Japanese forces, which was the Fall of Bataan. From December 1941 to May 1942, U.S and the Philippines forces fought desperately to resists against the Japanese invasion of the main island, Luzon. Philippines Defense Organization are consists of United States Armed Forces in…

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    had passed his commander, James Ivy. His commander was stripped and roped to a tree so everyone could see his torso blanketed with “bayonet holes” (WGBH, 2009). One of the very few veterans that escaped, Leon Beck, explains how he got away. He intentionally slid down the side of a road and made his way to a nearby river. From there he hid himself in the vast array of bushes and weeds where he waited until the group marched passed to where they were no longer in sight (WGBH, 2009). On September…

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    General MacArthur was commanding the Southwest Pacific forces and his primary focus was to move north into the Philippines as Admiral Nimitz approached from the east with his Central Pacific force. With weight of the United States Pacific force approaching the Philippines, Japan needed to hold its defensive line and make its stand, but they did not know where it would come within the island chain. Japanese Admiral Toyoda in a post war interview explained the need for the Japanese to stop the…

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