Profile of General Douglas MacArthur
In an address to Congress, MacArthur famously said
Hi, I'm Jim Flink with About.com, and we're profiling American General Douglas MacArthur.The son of an Army officer, Douglas MacArthur was born in 1880 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He went to West Texas Military Academy and in 1903 graduated top of his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.He was commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers and served in the Philippines. During World War I, MacArthur commanded the 42nd Division on the Western Front.After WWI, MacArthur served:Though MacArthur retired from the Army in 1937, President Roosevelt recalled him to active duty in 1941 — naming him commander of U.S. Army Forces in the Far East.In September of 1945, MacArthur signed and accepted Japan's surrender document aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor. And as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers in Japan, MacArthur helped institute a democratic government in Japan.At the start of the Korean War in 1950, MacArthur commanded United Nations forces there until President Harry Truman relieved him of command in April 1951. That same year, in an address to Congress, MacArthur famously said "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."MacArthur received more than 100 military decorations, from not only the United States but other countries as well. His honors include:Douglas MacArthur died in 1964 in Washington, DC at the age of 84. His body was laid to rest at the Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia. Thanks for watching our profile of General Douglas MacArthur. For more information, go to About.com.