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General of the Army Douglas MacArthur (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American general and field marshal of the Philippine Army who was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II. He received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Philippines Campaign, which made him and his father Arthur MacArthur, ... more »

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  • ''A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.''
    Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), U.S. general. speech, Aug. 16, 1962. On receiving a congressional resolution of gratitude.
  • ''We have had our last chance. If we do not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door.''
    Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), U.S. general. speech, Sept. 2, 1945. Broadcast shortly after atomic bombs fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the su...
  • ''Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.''
    Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), U.S. general. Speech, April 19, 1951, to Congress. on his dismissal from command of U.N. forces in Korea, for disse...
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