Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur
  • Born: January 26, 1880
  • Died: April 5, 1964
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Soldier

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Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He 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 Jr. the first father and son to be awarded the medal. He was one of only five to rise to the rank of General of the Army in the US Army, and the only one conferred the rank of field marshal in the Philippine Army.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt This elects me!
Anonymous Bonus Expeditionary Force
Dean Acheson While General MacArthur had many of the attributes of a foreign sovereign ... and was quite as difficult as any, it did not seem wise to recognize him as one.
Omar N. Bradley The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy.
Chicago Tribune President Truman must be impeached and convicted.
Bonner F. Fellers To counter this situation it would be most convenient if the Japanese side could prove to us that the emperor is completely blameless. We think the forthcoming trials offer the best opportunity to do that. Tojo, in particular, should be made to bear all responsibility at his trial. In other words I want you to have Tojo say as follows: “… I had already decided to push for war even if his majesty the Emperor was against going to war with the United States.”
Bonner F. Fellers As I told [Admiral] Yonai … it is extremely disadvantageous to MacArthur’s standing in the United States to put on trial the very Emperor who is cooperating with him and facilitating the smooth administration of the occupation. This is the reason for my request … I wonder whether what I said to Admiral Yonai the other day {601309} has already been conveyed to Tojo?
Harold L. Ickes [Douglas] MacArthur is the type of man who thinks that when he gets to heaven, God will step down from the great white throne and bow him into His vacated seat.
William E. Jenner Our only choice is to impeach President Truman and find out who is the secret invisible government which has so cleverly led our country down the road to destruction.
Harry S Truman I have to talk to God’s right hand man, tomorrow.
Dave Richard Palmer Douglas MacArthur was a man of high abilities. However his view of his abilities was much higher. A great leader has to be a little self effacing. A cannot imagine Douglas MacArthur ever being self effacing.
Robert Dallek MacArthur told Truman that the ‘boys will be home by Christmas’. Truman forgot to ask, ‘which Christmas?’ They are still there today.
Harry S Truman Nothing but a damn bunch of bullshit!
Harry S Truman I fired him because he wouldn't respect the authority of the president … 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.
Harry S Truman The cause of world peace is much more important than any individual.
Anonymous Macarthur’s Ego Offensive
Robert Lawrence Eichelberger Sarah
Franklin D. Roosevelt [General Douglas] Macarthur is the most dangerous man in America.
Dewey Jackson Short We heard God speak today. God in the flesh. The voice of God.
George C. Marshall Mr. President. You ought to fire him [General Douglas MacArthur.]
George C. Marshall You don’t have a staff General, you have a court.
Dwight D. Eisenhower I studied dramatics under him [General Douglas MacArthur] for twelve years.
Dwight D. Eisenhower Remember those great speeches MacArthur made from the Philippines? I wrote all those.
Mao Zedong It is fine that General MacArthur is arrogant and stubborn. An arrogant and stubborn enemy is easier to defeat.
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Americans never quit. Miscellaneous ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Build the structure of representative government .… Enfranchise the women …. Establish a free labor movement …. Abolish police oppression …. Decentralize political power …. Separate church from state. Miscellaneous
Europe is a dying system. It is worn out and run down, and will become an economic and industrial hegemony of Soviet Russia.... The lands touching the Pacific with thirty billions of inhabitants will determine the course of history for the next ten thousand years! Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Global war has become a Frankenstein to destroy both sides. No longer is it a weapon of adventure – the shortcut to international power … It contains only the germs of double suicide. War & Peace
Hanging of the Emperor to them [the Japanese] would be comparable to the crucifixion of Christ to us. War & Peace
He’ll make a fine President. He was the best clerk who ever served under me. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I always tell American visitors that the emperor is the most democratic person [in the Japanese leadership] but none of them believe me. Democracies & Republics
I am sick at heart at the mistakes and lost opportunities that are so prevalent. War & Peace
I don't care if he's got two horns and a tail. As long as he's anti communist, we can use him. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I have always been able to take care of the enemy in my front, but I have never been able to protect myself from the enemy in my rear [domestic politics and politicians]. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In many cases there is but one officer on duty with an entire battalion; this lack of officers has brought Regular Army training in the continental United States to a virtual standstill . . . correction is mandatory. Stocks of materiel were inadequate even for limited forces . . . and, such as they are, manifestly obsolescent. The secrets of our weakness are secrets only to our own people. Military & Veterans
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear. Propaganda & Disinformation ;War & Peace
It was a bad looking mob. It was animated by the essence of revolution. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
It's the orders you disobey that make you famous. Miscellaneous
Just as we protect California, so shall we protect Japan. Defense & National Security
Negroes are not qualified to be integrated within his command. When I find them qualified, they will be integrated. Discrimination & Prejudice
Neither did our men at first. Minorities & Women
No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation. Freedom & Liberty
No specific and tangible evidence has been uncovered with regard to exact activities which may connect him in varying degree with the political decisions of the Japanese Empire during the last decade. I have gained the definite impression from as complete a research as was possible to me that his connection with the affairs of state up to the time of the end of the war was largely ministerial and automatically responsive to the advice of his counselors….His indictment will unquestionably cause a tremendous convulsion among the Japanese people, the repercussions of which cannot be overestimated. He is a symbol which unites all Japanese. Destroy him and the nation will disintegrate…It is quite possible that a million troops would be required which would have to be maintained for an indefinite number of years. Justice & Injustice
Nothing is gained by military occupation. All occupations are failures. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
One of these days I’m going to blast President Truman’s State Department wide open. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear--kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor-with the cry of grave national emergency. Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it Propaganda & Disinformation
Rules are mostly made to be broken and are too often for the lazy to hide behind. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
She must have had an unusually loyal clientele. Miscellaneous
The chickens are coming home to roost, and you live in the chicken house. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The inescapable price of liberty is an ability to preserve it from destruction. Freedom & Liberty
The Japanese will not be opposed to America keeping Okinawa because the Okinowans are not Japanese. Military & Veterans
The progress and survival of civilization [are] dependent upon ... the realization ... of the utter futility of force as an arbiter. War & Peace
The soldier, above all other people, prays for peace, for he must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. War & Peace
The trouble with you, Eisenhower, is that you're too small minded. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The war is over. The Chinese are not coming … The Third Division will be back in Fort Benning for Christmas Dinner. Leaders & Leadership
There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity. Defense & National Security
There is no substitute for victory. Success ;War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Upon the fields of friendly strife Are sown the seeds, That, upon other fields, on other days, Will bear the fruits of victory. Parks & Recreation
War is no damn football game. War & Peace
War’s very object is victory—not prolonged indecision. War & Peace
We have the worst-equipped army in the world … our people don’t give a damn. They’re too busy making money. Military & Veterans
We’re becoming an undisciplined people … Miscellaneous
Youth is not a period of time. It is a state of mind, a result of the will, a quality of the imagination, a victory of courage over timidity, and the taste of adventure over the love of comfort. A man doesn't grow old because he's lived a certain number of years, he grows old because he deserts his ideal. The years may wrinkle his skins, but deserting his ideals wrinkles his soul. Preoccupation, fears, doubts, and despair are dust before death. You will remain young as long as you are open to what is beautiful, good, great and receptive to the messages of other men and women and nature and of God. If one day you should become bitter, pessimistic, and gnawed by despair, may God have mercy on your old man's soul. Human Nature
A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding. Religion & God
A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.
Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. Failure
Always there has been some terrible evil at home or some monstrous foreign power that was going to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it. Power
Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory. War & Peace
Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a contribution to the advance of peace, I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war. History ;War & Peace
Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.
I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
I have known war as few men now living know it. It's very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes. War & Peace
I suppose, in a way, this has become part of my soul. It is a symbol of my life. Whatever I have done that really matters, I've done wearing it. When the time comes, it will be in this that I journey forth. What greater honor could come to an American, and a soldier? Life ;Time
In my dreams I hear again the crash of guns, the rattle of musketry, the strange, mournful mutter of the battlefield. War & Peace
In war there is no substitute for victory. War & Peace
In war, you win or lose, live or die - and the difference is just an eyelash. War & Peace
It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it. War & Peace
I've looked that old scoundrel death in the eye many times but this time I think he has me on the ropes. Time ;Death
Life is a lively process of becoming. Life
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. Religion & God
My first recollection is that of a bugle call.
Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda. War & Peace
Only those are fit to live who are not afraid to die.
Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear. War & Peace
Our government has kept us in a perpetual state of fear - kept us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor - with the cry of grave national emergency. Government ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Part of the American dream is to live long and die young. Only those Americans who are willing to die for their country are fit to live.
The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. War & Peace
The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle: the roar of the crowd on the one side, and the voice of your conscience on the other.
They died hard, those savage men - like wounded wolves at bay. They were filthy, and they were lousy, and they stunk. And I loved them. History
We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction.
You are remembered for the rules you break.

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