GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/15/1954 - HFSID 30624
Sale Price $637.50
MacArthur sends a letter with regret for which he cannot attend the Sons of American Revolution meeting.
Typed Letter Signed: "Douglas MacArthur", 1p, 8x10½. New York, 1954 April 15. To Arthur R. Porter, President, Oriskany Battle Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, Utica, New York. In part: "I have just received your letter of March 15th with the invitation to be the guest of honor at the annual state-wide meeting of the Empire State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on October 2nd at Utica. I appreciate more than I can say the distinction of this invitation and especially...the proposal of Mayor Golder to proclaim October 2nd, 'MacArthur Day'. It is, therefore, with sincere regret that I must report my inability to accept due to my scheduled absence from the State at that time...." 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). Overall, fine condition.
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