General Douglas MacArthur

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General Douglas MacArthur

General Douglas MacArthur is one of the United States' most popular and accomplished generals. He is mostly known for being the commander of all Allied forces in the Pacific theater during World War II. His life was a spectacular rise and tragic fall. He was one of the United States' greatest leaders of all time. He lived his entire life living by the West Point code of Duty, Honor, and Country.

Douglas Macarthur was born on January 26th, 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas (Kelley 35). His parents were Arthur and Mary MacArthur. As a young man, Douglas MacArthur was moved around frequently to different parts of the United States where his father was stationed. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. He was valedictorian of his class of 93 at West Point (Kelley 39). He was promoted very quickly through the next few years and had a great deal of combat experience in several different conflicts, including World War I. Douglas served in the Philippines as major general, commanded the Department of the Philippines, and served in the U.S. as chief of staff of the Army (Wikipedia). In 1942 he was made the supreme commander of Allied forces in the southwest Pacific and by 1945 had liberated the Philippines on the way to invading Japan. MacArthur accepted the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, then led the occupation forces in the reconstruction of Japan (Wikipedia). After North Korea invaded South Korea in 1950, MacArthur was put in charge of United Nations forces and successfully drove the invaders back (Wikipedia). General MacArthur wanted to push the enemy back and go into China to do so but was relieved of his command by President Truman before he could do so.

General Douglas MacArthur's most famous contribution to history was his service to the United States during World War II. At that time he was the supreme commander of the Allied forces in the Pacific. He led the U.S. to a series of victories in the Pacific that concluded with the defeat of Japan. He accepted the surrender of Japanese forces on September 2, 1945(Wikipedia). After the war ended, General MacArthur was appointed supreme commander of all Allied forces and aided in the reconstruction of Japan. MacArthur's great leadership and tactics ultimately led to the United States winning the war against Japan during the largest conflict in the 20th century.

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