GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH MOUNT SIGNED - HFSID 13260
DOUGLAS MacARTHUR Accepted the surrender of Japan, ending World War II, along with eight stamps of MacArthur. Photo Mount signed: "Best wishes/Douglas MacArthur". B/w, 7¾x10¼ overall, image 4¼x6½ (two surfaces). A strip of eight mint U.S.
Sale Price $616.25
Accepted the surrender of Japan, ending World War II, along with eight stamps of MacArthur.
Photo Mount signed: "Best wishes/Douglas MacArthur". B/w, 7¾x10¼ overall, image 4¼x6½ (two surfaces). A strip of eight mint U.S. 6-cent stamps honoring MacArthur has been affixed across top blank margin. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) graduated #1 in his class at West Point (1903) and rose to brigadier general as a combat leader in France during World War I. He was named US Army Chief of Staff in 1930, and lost popularity by forcibly expelling the Depression era Bonus Army from Washington (1932). Through most of the 1930s, he was chief military advisor to the Philippines, a US protectorate preparing for independence. He commanded U.S. Army forces in the Far East (1941-1942), becoming Allied Supreme Commander in the Southwest Pacific in 1942. In December 1944, he was promoted to 5-star General of the Army. General MacArthur later accepted the surrender of Japan aboard the battleship Missouri on September 2, 1945. As Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers in charge of the Occupation of Japan, MacArthur presided over a sweeping and largely successful transformation of Japan, including a new, democratic constitution. Supreme Commander of United Nations forces in Korea (1950-1951), he was dismissed by President Harry S Truman in April 1951, for his continued public statements advocating extension of the war to Communist China. He supported Republican Dwight Eisenhower's successful Presidential candidacy in 1952, but had little influence on the new President, who negotiated peace in Korea instead of following MacArthur's recommendation to expand the war. After leaving the Army, MacArthur gave two well remembered speeches: his farewell address to the US Congress (1951) and a final speech at West Point (1962). Cuts at lower corners of mat. Five of the stamps have become unattached. Light scratch from negative reproduced in background of photograph, else in fine condition.
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