GENERAL DOUGLAS MACARTHUR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/27/1938 - HFSID 261577
Sale Price $1,700.00
MacArthur sends a letter in regards to the American-Philippine relationship.
Typed Letter Signed: "Douglas MacArthur", 1 page, 6½x8½. Commonwealth of the Philippines, Office of the Military Adviser, Manila, 1938 April 27. To Secretary of War Harry H. Woodring, Washington. In full: "This letter will present to you Mr. J.M. Elizalde. He is one of the industrial leaders in the Philippine Islands and in an official capacity for the Commonwealth Government is engaged in helping solve the intricate problems involved in the American-Philippine relationship. You will find him a distinguished and delightful gentleman. I have ventured to suggest to him that while in Washington he would find it advisable to be included in the circle of your wide and influential acquaintance." 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). Receipt stamp at lower margin, paperclip impression at upper blank margin. Upper right blank corner of integral leaf torn away. Fine condition.
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