Douglas MacArthur – The Five-Star General

Douglas MacArthur – The Five-Star General

He was the flamboyant, controversial symbol
of America’s dogged resolve during World War Two. With his trademark corn cobb pipe and his
love of self-publicity, he is among the most well-known of war heroes. Though he often disregarded authority he was
praised for his bold, imaginative military strategy. In today’s Biographics, we look into the
colorful life of General Douglas MacArthur. Early Years
Douglas MacArthur was born on January 26th, 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was the last of three sons born to Arthur
and Mary MacArthur. His father was a civil war veteran who had
fought with distinction in such battles as Chickamauga and Murfreesboro along with Sherman’s
final push on Atlanta. He won the medal of honor for his bravery,
setting a very high bar for his boys. Despite his father having been the state governor
of Wisconsin, Arthur fell for a southern belle. Tensions were so high between the states that
Mary’s brothers refused to attend the wedding. Young Douglas was heavily influenced by his
father’s military career. He once commented that his first memory was
the sound of bugles and he loved the pomp and ceremony of the army. By the time that Douglas came along, Arthur
had been stationed to a series of remote western military posts. When their youngest son was nine years old,
the family relocated to Washington D.C. For the next four years, the Douglas attended
the Force Public School. In 1893, Arthur was posted to San Antonio,
Texas. There Douglas was enrolled at the West Texas
Military academy. He excelled both academically and on the sports
field, being named class valedictorian during his final year. His sights were now set on West Point Military
Academy. His father tried to use his influence to secure
a Presidential appointment for his son to the academy, but this was rejected by two
Presidents, Cleveland and McKinley. This meant that he would have to gain entry
the old-fashioned way – by passing the entrance exam. Arthur hired a tutor to help Douglas prepare
for the exam. His diligence paid off and he attained a score
of 93.3 out of a hundred. MacArthur later commented on his preparation
for the exam . . . It was a lesson I never forgot. Preparedness is the key to success and victory. Douglas’s mother instilled in him a firm
belief that he was destined for greatness. By the time that he entered West Point, Douglas
had developed enough qualities to reinforce her belief. He was strong, both mentally and physically. From his earliest days in military outposts
in the west he had become adept at horse riding and rifle shooting. In remembering that time in his life he said
. . . I learned to read and shoot even before I
could read or write – indeed, almost before I could walk and talk. The teenage MacArthur was tall and handsome
and he projected an air of self confidence that turned heads when he walked into a room. West Point
Douglas’ first year at West Point was a challenging time for him. As the son of a senior officer and with a
mother who stayed close by in a hotel to keep an eye on her beloved boy, he was to subjected
more than the usual hazing that all first year’s have to endure. Still, he endured it with a stoic resolve
that impressed senior students. While other first year students were broken
by the less intense hazing that they experienced, Douglas was able to maintain an air of composure,
even cheerfulness, throughout the ordeal. Douglas proved to be an outstanding student
in all respects. He graduated in 1903, first in his class,
with an overall score of 98 percent. It seemed as if his mother’s projections
of greatness were right on track. As a top graduate from West Point, Douglas
was now given the opportunity to choose which branch of the armed services he entered. He decided on the Engineering Corps, entering
the service with the rank of Second Lieutenant. His first posting was to the Philippines,
which had been an American colony for five years. His father, Arthur had served there three
years earlier and he had warned his son, and whoever else would listen, that an insurrection
was on the horizon on the island. Douglas was placed in charge of strengthening
the military infrastructure on the island. Yet he had barely been there a month when
he was attacked by a pair of bandits while travelling alone in the countryside. He beat off both attackers and then shot them
dead. It was an early example of the fierce courage
which would be his trademark. This first assignment was cut short after
less than a year when Douglas contracted malaria. Once he had recovered, his father pulled some
strings to have Douglas accompany him as a military aide on a tour of Asia. The two years that he spent in such places
as China, Japan and India developed within MacArthur ideas about Asia that went against
the grain of mainstream political thought. He considered Asian people to be equal to
Americans. This, in itself, undercut the subtle racism
which underpinned US policy toward the region. Furthermore, he was of the firm opinion that
America’s future lay with the Far East and not, as the majority contended, with Europe. This set him at odds with the European centric
views of his superiors, something which would persist throughout his lifetime. After his return from Asia, Douglas spent
a number of years building up his experience and qualifications in the engineering corps. He attended engineering school in Washington,
after which he was posted to Milwaukee and then Kansas. By then he had been promoted to captain. In January, 1912, McArthur was posted to Panama. It would be a short excursion. He returned the following month to attend
the funeral of his father. He was concerned about the mental health of
his mother and requested a reposting to Washington, D.C. in order to be close
to her. Veracruz
In 1914, MacArthur was assigned to the War Department to serve on the Veracruz Expedition
in Mexico. Relations between the US and Mexico had been
deteriorating for some time. An incident that became known as the Tampico
Affair brought matters to a head. Nine American sailors were taken into custody
by the Mexican government for entering off-limits areas of the city of Tampico, in the state
of Tamaulipas. The sailors were released but the Mexicans
refused to provide the 21-gun salute demanded by the American government. An outraged President Woodrow Wilson ordered
the invasion of the port of Veracruz by the US Navy. MacArthur was sent to Veracruz as a military
advisor. However, he soon went beyond his job description
when he recruited some local railroad engineers and headed out to commandeer a number of trains
that were believed to be sitting several miles down the line. To get there he and his small group used a
handcar. The group were able to commander a total of
five engines. On the way back to headquarters, they came
under attack from rebels on horseback. MacArthur shot at least three of the attackers. When he returned, he noticed that there were
three bullet holes in his clothing, yet he remained unscathed. MacArthur’s commanding officer was greatly
impressed by his daring ingenuity. He recommended MacArthur for a Medal of Honor. However the honors board questioned the . . .
Advisability of this enterprise having been undertaken without the knowledge of the commanding
general on the ground. By 1915, MacArthur was back in Washington
D.C., where he immersed himself in his work at the War Department. In 1915 he was promoted to major. A short time later he was made the army’s
first chief of the Bureau of Information, which was essentially a military press office. His experience taught him valuable lessons
about the power of the press and the need to cultivate a strong public persona. The Great War
The United States entry into World War One occurred in April, 1917. MacArthur wanted the National Guard to be
sent to Europe to play their part in the war effort. He came up with the idea of a ‘rainbow’
national guard force that was made up of guardsmen from every state. This avoided any inter-state rivalry. As a result, he became the Chief of Staff
of the 42nd Rainbow Division. It left for France in October, 1917. The 42nd Rainbow division was posted behind
the front lines in order to complete their training. MacArthur’s duties were largely administrative,
something which was a source of frustration for him. He longed to get in on the action, going so
far as to volunteer for trench raids with a neighboring French division. On one such raid, MacArthur found himself
under gas attack, yet he still managed to make it to safety. The French were extremely impressed with his
actions, awarding him the Croix de Guerre. As well as volunteering to help on French
raids, he eventually led some American ones. Every time he was the first man over the top. His bravery didn’t go unnoticed. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross
and, in June, 1917, promoted to Brigadier General. He won two more Distinguished Service Crosses
leading his men in a defensive mission during the Kaiser’s Offensive in the Summer of
1918. The horrors that he witnessed during that
offensive prompted him to make the quip . . . Whoever said the pen is mightier than the
sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons. Yet, MacArthur excelled in the thick of battle. By the end of July, 1918, he had earned himself
4 Silver Stars, two Croix de Guerre and the French Legion of Honor. Still, he wasn’t done. During the great American offensive of October,
1918, he won two more silver stars and despite being gassed refused to stay out of the thick
of the action. He came into contact with Future General George
Patton, who called MacArthur ‘the bravest man I have ever met’. The climax of MacArthur’s World War One
experience was the taking of the French city of Chatillon. After spotting a weakness in the German defenses,
he led an attack that overran the town. The capture of Chatillon was a key victory
in the final weeks of the war. It won him yet another Distinguished Service
Medal. Between the Wars
Returning to the United States as a celebrated war hero, MacArthur was assigned to Camp Meade,
Maryland for a time before being returned to Washington D.C. He was involved in preparing a manual on the
best use of the new weapon of warfare, the tank. After studying the subject, he became convinced
that tanks should be used for more than just infantry support; they should constitute a
separate fighting force of their own. In 1922, MacArthur married Louise Brooks Cromwell,
described by the New York Times as ‘one of Washington’s most beautiful and attractive
young women.’ She was also one of the richest, coming from
a wealthy dynasty. Louise, who brought two young children to
the marriage, had previously courted MacArthur’s superior, General Pershing. The older man was not happy with the situation,
threatening to send MacArthur to the Philippines if he went ahead with the marriage. In less than a year, MacArthur was, indeed,
sent to the Philippines, as a commander of a brigade in the Philippine Division. It was during this posting that he established
close ties to the Philippine ruling powers. He also witnessed first hand the poor treatment
of the indigenous people, becoming a champion of their rights. In 1925, MacArthur was promoted to Major General
and brought back to the United States as commander of the IV Corps in Georgia. Lingering Civil War tensions made his command
untenable and he was transferred to the III Corps in Maryland. By 1927, MacArthur’s marriage was in trouble. He and Louise were just too different and,
though he was devoted to her two children, they separated at the end of that year and
were officially divorced two years later, in 1929. MacArthur then threw himself into a new role. He was given the role of president of America’s
Olympic Committee for the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. In one famous incident during the Games when
the US boxing coach threatened to withdraw the team due to perceived bias on the judging
panel, MacArthur pulled him aside and told him . . .
American’s don’t quit. Following the Olympics, McArthur was sent
back to the Philippines. Then, in 1930, he was appointed US Army chief
of staff, the youngest man at the time to hold the position. He made important administrative changes during
the difficult Depression years. Yet the most noteworthy episode during his
tenure as chief of staff came in 1932 when he oversaw the army’s response to a protest
by war veterans in Washington. During the confrontation, soldiers fired on
the veterans with several of them being killed. The backlash fell squarely on MacArthur’s
shoulders and his reputation suffered a setback. With the election of Franklin Roosevelt to
the presidency, tensions between the Commander in Chief and his chief of staff reached an
all-time high. When Roosevelt refused to increase the military
budget, MacArthur made the following caustic comment . . .
When we lose the next war and an American boy lying in the mud with an enemy bayonet
through his belly and an enemy foot on his dying throat, spits out his last curse, I
wanted the name not be MacArthur but Roosevelt. Despite their differences, Roosevelt and MacArthur
had mutual respect for one another. The four-year chief of staff post was extended
by a year by the president. In 1935, MacArthur once more went to the Philippines. This time he came at the personal invitation
of President Manuel Quezon to act as military adviser to create a defense force on the island. To take up the role, he retired from active
service in the U.S. Army. World War Two
In July, 1941, Roosevelt brought MacArthur back. He appointed him commander of the US forces
in the Far East. The immediate focus, naturally, was to build
up US forces in the Philippines. Five months later the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor brought the United States into the war. It seemed clear to MacArthur that the Philippines
was to be the next Japanese target. That attack came within two weeks. MacArthur had neither the manpower nor the
time to prepare a proper defense and half of his air force was wiped out. On December 22nd, the Japanese advanced on
Manilla. Acting on his own initiative, MacArthur pulled
his forces back to the Bataan peninsula. He set up his headquarters on the island fortress
of Corregidor. With him were her personal press corps, which
allowed him to publicize his valiant defense against the Japanese. However, his forces and supplies were too
few, and his situation was hopeless. President Roosevelt gave the command for him
to evacuate Bataan. At first, he refused, only complying when
Roosevelt promised to give him his own theatre of operations in the Pacific. MacArthur then escaped from Bataan, making
a daring getaway by sea. However, his forces stayed on the island. They were overtaken by the Japanese in April,
1942 with many dying on the ensuing Bataan death march. MacArthur now set up his base of operations
in Australia. It was from there that he made his famous
promise . . . I said to the people of the Philippines whence
I came, I shall return. For two years he worked indefatigably to make
that promise a reality. Roosevelt appointed him as the Supreme Commander
of the Southwest Pacific Area. He worked closely with the commander-in-chief
of the US Navy, Admiral Charles Nimitz. Together they devised a plan that would attack
the Japanese through the central Pacific Islands which was Nimitz’s focus, and oust them
from the Philippines, which MacArthur was committed to. They called it Operation Cartwheel. Nimitz advanced his naval forces through the
Solomon Islands while MacArthur advanced along the north-east coast of New Guinea. He used a strategy that he called island hopping
in which he bypassed the main areas of Japanese strength. During this time, MacArthur’s reputation
among the American public had achieved hero status. By the end of 1944, he was poised to invade
the Philippines. However, the authority for the invasion was
denied by both Admiral Nimitz and the President. With the aid of his well-tuned publicity machine,
he managed to pressure a change of mind and the go ahead was given for the invasion. On October 19th, 1944, MacArthur landed at
Leyte Gulf. Over the next few months he pushed on to fully
liberate the Philippines. His men finally crossed the Central Plain
to take control of the capital at Manila in March, 1945. The Post War Years
MacArthur received the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay on September 2nd, 1945. Following the war, he was placed in command
of the occupation of the Allied occupation of Japan. He was charged with rebuilding the Japanese
economy and demobilizing their military. In 1950, MacArthur served as commander of
the United Nations forces in the Korean War. His tenure came to an unceremonious end the
following year when ongoing tensions with President Truman on the approach toward the
Chinese led to his dismissal as UN Commander in Chief. Truman was attempting to pursue a peaceful
negotiation with the Chinese while Truman was a vocal advocate for military intervention. The situation became untenable when he wrote
a letter to a Republican senator calling for a military invasion of China. The letter was read aloud in Congress. This gave Truman the excuse he needed to get
rid of the trouble-making general. MacArthur learned about his firing through
a radio report. MacArthur was still very popular with the
public and his firing by Truman created a backlash that led many to call for the president’s
impeachment. With his typical caustic style, Truman addressed
the situation with the following . . . I fired him because he wouldn’t respect
the authority of the president. That’s the answer to that. 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. Fading Away
His firing by Truman had made MacArthur even more popular than ever. Upon his return to the US he was given a ticker
tape parade through the streets of New York, the largest the city had even seen. He was invited to give a farewell address
to Congress, in which he delivered the famous line . . .
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away. He moved into the Waldorf Astoria hotel in
New York where he remained for the rest of his days. His retirement years were spent in quiet seclusion. However, in 1961 he was contacted by President
Kennedy and asked for advice on the Asian situation. MacArthur told him to stay out of Vietnam. In 1961, MacArthur made his final trip to
the Philippines, were he met with old friends. On his return to the States he began working
on his autobiography. The end came on April 5th, 1964 as a result
of liver disease. He was honored with a full state funeral. More than 150,000 people paid their respects
to one of America’s great titans of war.

100 thoughts on “Douglas MacArthur – The Five-Star General

  1. Dude definitely had a complex…I love Truman’s response to the backlash over relieving him. One of the greatest quotes by a politician in history.

  2. Is there any difference between the podcast format and YouTube format other than lack of visuals for the former?

  3. Really fine, but I was surprised that the picture of MacArthur next to Hirohito was passed over so quickly. That pic is significant in that it essentially devalued the emperor by

    showing him with another person in the same frame. Many people were surprised that he not only allowed it but did not commit suicide afterwards. A number of the Japanese contingent on the USS Missouri did commit suicide after the signing. The emperor maintained it was important for him to stay alive for his people, no matter what. That, in itself, was an almost shocking thing for him to say, given the situation. He and MacArthur actually worked extremely well together for the Japanese people.

  4. I can't fathom how Douglas MacArthur never got the blame for the treatment of the World War 1 veterans who were camped out in DC for the payment of a bonus. He exceeded his authority when breaking up the encampment, he also took the encampment by force and set the encampment ablaze.

    This incident only served to doom Herbert Hoover's already incredibly difficult presidency to the extent that FDR supposedly said to his advisor "this elects me." If Hoover had dismissed him, MacArthur may not have become the celebrated hero of World War 2 people remember him for

  5. A very well done video! This is one of the best Biographics yet!
    Well researched, comprehensive, well written, and well presented.
    Kudos, Mr. Whistler, et. al!
    Kudos, Bravo, and keep 'em coming!

  6. Wow, you glossed over his divorce… She basically dumped him because he was no good in the cot…

    Similarly, you neglected to mention his 15 or 16 year Filipino mistress; maybe it was because he was in his 50's at the time… He used to sign off his letters to her as 'Daddy'…

  7. if I remember correctly if general MacArthur had it his way he would have dropped or had the United States drop that is atomic bombs on China during the Korean war

  8. You need to do one edwin ramsey, he was a us Calvary officer in the phillipines who led the last American calvary charge and led a group of phillipino guerillas during the Japanese occupation

  9. at some point you need to do one about George C. Marshall, a great man and a great general who was MacArthur's almost identical contemporary (they were born the same year and I think commissioned the same year though took very different military career paths that led them to almost the same status).

  10. Can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that his father's full name was Arthur McArthur Jr, and his grandfather's name was also Arthur McArthur… This was one creative family when it came to naming their offspring.

  11. His leadership in WW2 and governing of Japan after was brilliant.
    However, his disdain for civilian rule over the military was disturbing. In addition his moving up of 4 atomic weapons into the pacific theater during the Korean war was inexcusable.
    It is my belief that this is why Truman sacked him.

  12. Great video – just one major item. Why no mention of Inchon? He looked at the tidal markers – remarkable landing. Had it not been for the Cambridge 5 (McLean, Burgess, Kim Philby, et. al.) who were forwarding MacArthur's planned offensives in Korea directly to the Kremlin and Mao. The result would have been far different that and forbidding the bombing of the bridges across the Yalu. He was an egomaniac and he brought his sacking on himself. His son 'Arthur MacArthur Jr.' upon hearing of his famed father's death changed his name and went into hiding.

  13. MacArthur was also fired because he supported the fing use of nuclear warheads in the Korean War, and Truman was extremely wary that such a dramatic escalation could lead to the beginning of another World War.

  14. Not one word of how he constantly threatened to quit during wwll because he didn't get his personal ways. War isn't about your personal likes or dislikes. Montgomery was his equivalent. Both ego maniacs.

  15. This is more than bit superficial to put it mildly. For example MacArthur was completely surprised by the North Korean invasion of South Korea, which in my opinion affected his ideas about how to prosecute the war latter on. You could also mention MacArthur's brilliant Inchon invasion idea. And you could have mentioned, perhaps, MacArthur's worst failure how he disastrously dealt with Chinese the Chinese intervention in the Korean war. That failure is also one of the most embarrassing defeats in modern history.  The Chinese General Peng Dehuai dealt MacArthur a devastating defeat with a army grossly deficient in logistics and fire power. (A large portion of Chinese soldiers didn't have rifles for one thing.) The Americans also had total air supremacy. Yet they experienced defeat.MacArthur's both before this debacle and after it, in effect, engaged in semi secret diplomacy, outside of government knowledge and against government policy. This was MacArthur engaging in foreign policy independent of his government and undermining his government. Firing MacArthur was a reasonable response to this type of behavior.MacArthur was a very capable, often brilliant general, he was also an egomaniac all to often. His efforts during the Korean war to run a foreign policy independent of his government were an unacceptable result of that.

  16. " … and then he was in charge of Japan for a couple of years and we DON'T have to get into details about that". LOL, Americans sure know how to polish their history

  17. “Dugout Doug” received The Medal Of Honor. He didn’t receive it for gallantry, or courage, but for “leadership”. You know who should have received the MOH instead? Every single one of those men he left behind on Corregidor, who were outnumbered, running out of food, ammunition, and who still fought like hell to hang on, until they were finally overrun by Japanese Forces.
    They were far braver, and had infinitely more courage and character than their “leader” ever did – Roosevelt ordered him to leave, but he should have refused, and stood with his men. Instead, he snuck away by night, boarding a B17 at Mindanao, bound for Australia… and he knew – he absolutely knew, that the men he was leaving behind to fend for themselves were completely and totally fucked… and yet… he left anyway. He was awarded the MOH as a diversionary measure, to distract the public and to take the focus off of the fact that he left his men behind. Even Eisenhower didn’t think MacArthur deserved the medal – and MacArthur should have turned it down – but he didn’t.
    I only mention this, because you didn’t.
    Or did you not hear about that part of the story?

  18. @ 9:56 you show a photo I have seen in several books, You quote the date way off. That photo wasn't taken before 1943. Perhaps late 1942. Taken in New Guinea. Also you state he acted 'on his own initiative ' in retreating to Bataan. That is absolute hogwash. Even that statement pales in galling me by the assertion that he was unable to stockpile adequate supplies beforehand? I would suggest you read the US Army's official history of that campaign. It is "The Fall of the Philippines". WHO indeed, was the only Field Marshall the Philippine Army has ever had? Beyond the official history, there are countless tales of crass inefficiency in logistics prior to the siege of Bataan, Pick a source. This is the first and only video of yours that I have drawn such exception to. Its a sore subject with me. I lived there

  19. He had a mixed record. His defense of the Philippines was utterly incompetent, the landing at Inchon was brilliant. He had an outrageous ego and never gave credit where credit was due.

  20. I actually had a low opinion of Gen. MacArthur at one time this video helped me appreciate him. Him leaving PI was always portrayed as cowardly Dug out Doug

  21. MacArthur was no war hero. He did NOT deserve the medal of honor. He should have been imprisoned if not executed for his treatment of the bonus army!

  22. Wait,"he beat off both attackers"? So our boy was just going around stroking dicks of people that attack him? Weird

  23. His funeral was attended by many leading Japanese who were honoring the great General that freed their country and bestowed upon it the largess of a saint and the truth and freedoms of a statesman. He was the greatest leader of Japan in the twentieth. century.

  24. It’s Chester Nimitz, not Charles. And the picture you have of MacArthur’s first wife is the actress Louise Brooks.

  25. You forgot to mention operation chromite in the korean war, one of the riskiest operations carried out by Macarthur

  26. So MacArthur wanted to set China straight, and Patton wanted to set Russia straight, only difference is the KGB and US Gov didn’t team up to kill MacArthur but instead Patton.
    Yay for commies…

  27. Best American General I’m my opinion. As a Chinese American, I had my issues with him. He let too many Japanese War Criminals off the hook. But then again, I’m not blind that Japan was needed to sure up counter communist expansion in Asia. When Washington totally disrespected Chiang Kai-Shek in Taiwan, he stood by him. Without his support during Taiwan Strait Crisis, Taiwan very likely would’ve been lost to Red China. He wanted a top General from Chinese Nationalists Army to help him in Korea, but was denied by Truman. General Sun Lijen,, graduate of VMI, recipient of Knight Commander of British Empire; would’ve help him tremendously in Korea. General Sun has never lost a battle to Japanese or Chinese Communist. PLA General Peng Derhui would’ve have his hands full if UN force was under General Sun and MacArthur knew it.

  28. Hey how could MacArthur won the Croix de Guerre in June 1917 if he left for France on October on 1917?
    And the Kaiser’s offensive was on Spring not summer of 1918

  29. My father fought under MacArthur in the Phillipines and both he and my mother said he should have been President. He even was a great administrator in occupied Japan.

  30. 3:45 …people don't like it, to be colonized by foreign countries…!
    …the US should know this from their OWN history…!…!

  31. The narrator skimmed over MacArthur's failure to react quickly in the Philipines after hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This resulted in the US airplanes being caught on the ground.  Also, MacArthur's failure to stock up provisions on Bataan and Corregidor.

  32. It's really a shame Douglass' father isn't as well known as he is. Arthur MacArthur wasn't just a war hero. His career was arguably more distinguished then Douglass'.

    Arthur earned an officer's commission at the age of 17, and was promoted to Colonel by 19, earning himself the nickname "The boy Colonel". During the Civil War, he fought at Chickamauga, Stones River, Chattanooga, the Atlanta Campaign and Franklin. At Franklin he was severely wounded by a rebel officer's pistol. He went on to spend a total of 47 years in the Army and retired as a Lt. General.

    Biographics should do a video on him some day.

  33. Americans honor their great heros by naming their weapons after them. Nimitz class Carriers. Patton tanks. Even politicians have their share. Why general MacArthur isn't their ?

  34. MacArthur was also (obviously) well received in the Philippines. He has monument on the location of his landing in Leyte Gulf. He also had feud with Philippine President Manuel Quezon when the president refused his request to recruit additional army divisions as the president believed the Japanese promised that they will not invade the Philippines.

  35. You guys missed the part where Truman fired MacArthur because he wanted to nuke China north of the Yalau so heavily that it would prevent Chinese reinforcements.

  36. This is more a hagiography than a biography and leaves a false impression of MacArthur. He was a narcissistic character who had more staff composing press releases glorifying him than he had fighting the enemy. He and Nimitz hated each other. Nimitz and the US Navy developed the strategy that finally defeated Japan, by pushing through the island chains of the Pacific with marine and naval forces. MacArthur, as an army general, wanted to fight land battles with his army but he would still be in New Guinea if the Navy hadn't threatened Japan with huge victories in the air and at sea.
    MacArthur's strategy was one that meant he would get the glory. In the event, all he got was the publicity from his PR machine.
    The most notable thing about MacArthur was that he abandoned his command on Bataan and left his troops to their fate. That was the act of a poltroon..

  37. douglas macarthur… the original weeb… went to asia with his dad, probably found ancient cat girl anime. Knew the east was the future.

  38. The "i shall return" was actually not MacArthur's idea…he actually thought it was too presumptuous and pompous…it was actually the pr machine of the army that convinced him to say it….

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