General Douglas Macarthur Character Traits

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General Douglas MacArthur During Operation Chromite. General Douglas MacArthur was destined to stand as a bronze statue at West Point. He became one of the longest serving and most notorious American generals of the Twentieth Century. In his last speech at West Point he announced that the last thought he would have as he died would be “The Corps, The Corps, The Corps.”[1] This dedication to “Duty, Honour, Country” would last throughout his long and often controversial career.[2] From an early age MacArthur was moulded to achieve greatness. His “father’s career and character put a mark on MacArthur that nothing has ever effaced...[his mother’s] influence was illimitable, much of his ambition comes…show more content…
Firstly, his experience and previous success in campaigns and amphibious landings ensured that others were willing to trust him.[48] He was a highly decorated war hero which emphasised his ability as a commander. His experience and bravery were complimented with his knowledge gained from reading widely. These two factors contributed to his bold and often visionary decisions, as was the case at Inchon. This boldness would often be perceived as arrogance and over-confidence but would significantly enhance how he was publicly perceived and hence his Power of…show more content…
Smythe, Pershing: General of the Armies. 277. [28] Farnham, "General of the Army Douglas Macarthur." 71. [29] Gunther, The Riddle of Macarthur: Japan, Korea and the Far Eas. 24. [30] Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas Macarthur 1880-1964. 47. [31] Frank, Macarthur. 170. [32] Ibid. [33] The Joint Chiefs of Staff were dubious about MacArthur’s proposal after the nearly catastrophic amphibious operation at Anzio, Italy in January 1944. However MacArthur had used amphibious operations with considerable success in the Pacific during WWII. Ibid. 153. [34] Farnham, "General of the Army Douglas Macarthur." 78. [35] Bradford, "Macarthur, Inchon and the Art of Battle Command." 83. [36] Frank, Macarthur. 155 [37] MacArthur had sent a letter in response to an invitation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars which was highly controversial and questioned the Truman Administration’s policy on Asia and in particular Formosa as well as the validity of their leadership. Trumball Higgins, Korea and the Fall of Macarthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 1960). 25, 39. [38] Manchester, American Caesar: Douglas Macarthur 1880-1964.

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