GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/01/1962 - HFSID 254347
Sale Price $510.00
MacArthur signs a letter to a friend thanking her for a birthday present.
Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
Typed letter signed "Douglas MacArthur". 1 page, 8x10½. Feb. 1, 1962. Addressed to Miss Rosalind Swain, Indianapolis, Indiana. In full: "Dear Miss Swain: Thank you so much for your birthday gift. It was thoughtful and generous of you to send me the hand-some cuff link set and I deeply appreciate it. Your remembrance added greatly to my enjoyment of the anniversary. With best wishes, Most cordially, DOUGLAS MacARTHUR." This letter is dated six days after MacArthur's 82nd birthday on Jan. 26, 1962. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. With blue ink notation near stamp in unknown hand. Postmarked New York City, Feb. 5, 1962. Addressed to Miss Rosalind Swain, Indianapolis, Indiana. With one 7¢ red-and-white air mail stamp affixed. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Envelope is neatly torn open at top edge. Otherwise in fine condition. 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).
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