The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 11, 1951 · Page 2
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PAGE TWO _Bl.YTf{KVri.I.B. (ARK.) COURIER NEWS '.MacArthur's Finest Hour -He~Receives Dismissal Order without 'Turning a Hair' Is Cii ^>°">- lut facl mmt havt ' •••-**" Seco "" rar< - r * 61 »^ "«*"•«»• ••»=«- -« £r- . . WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, Firing Years with Army (Editor's Note: Russell Brines, AP bureau chief of Tokyo, was captured in Manila when that, city fell to the Japanese. He re- tnrneri fo covering General Mac- Arlhur In the Philippine.'! campaign and remained with the general throughout i| )e , C5 i 0( the Pacific war and Ihe occupa- . from (.he day, hi 1003, thai lie graduated at the top of his West Second The deneral sunk 61 inio relative Point class, MacArlhur never has jconimoiiwcnlth ve obscurity after he returned to the. Philippines In 1935 as advisor lo Ihe been away from military affairs. He retired from the U. S. Army In 1937, then spent the next, four years us field marsh.il of Ihe Philippines trying (o build a defense force. He returned to active duty with the U.S. Army in 1041, Just before the Japanese attack on Pear] Harbor, and ba.s remained in uniform since then, MacArthur was named a general or the army Dec. 18. 1914. it, Jik c most of iiis olber top appointments - government. Two years later, on his Ja.st mil lo continental United States, he married the present Mrs. MacArtbin. she lias been by his side during most of ihe thunderous years that follow- . S Meoa oic TOKYO. April ,1. (AP)- General ] numerable foreign decoration a " rt "- Naeions command, told newsmen [ ,.inkc,l wm , Ori , MacArthiir would have no comment; MacArthur liked to thltik tint hu "for the tin,,-." I-,e added: j destiny has linked his career with - the Orient,. His first assignment !>i K m as ' a Joll " B engineer In the journeyed "I Just left the gener: 1 !. He received the word ol the president's dismissal from command ma^nlfi- j cently. He never turned a hair. His soldierly qualities were never more pronounced. "This has been his finest hour." F.'rlnf Appropriately Dramatic The firms of MacArthur by drams and irony which has marked the five-star general's 47 years of active military Hfe. Even in defeat, he added another precedent to a career studded with them—(he first dismissal of history's first united Nation.? commander. The general with the dramatic touch went out under circumstances mote like the stage than war. His notice came without warning during » quiet, luncheon si, his home. ThroliRhout a career of three wars and tumultuous peace, MacArthur has .shouldered a.slde precedent to follow h« destiny with meteoric and controversial brilliance. Philippines. Tiicii he .,„, through another tumultuous uui in Asia as aide to his father Lt Gen Arthur MacArtiuir, the first' military governor of the Philippines. If is career ended In the Orient in I a controversy over the importance lor this half nr ti*« ..-,..-1,1 i_ .... e rms of MacArtliur by » controversy over the importance President Truman came with lhe! of this half of the world In Am- flrama and ironv which hac mai-i^. eiican defemr nlstnc He Illced to say. as an explanation of many things: "I shall keep ». soldier's faith." No Criticism of Ahilily Today, at the apparent eiid of a -career which has included two temporary but hitter military defeats, the 11-year-old general was relieved without a public hint of er s in 1932 His snnnorlei criticism to^hi^military ability To was only obeyinR orders eiican defense plans. . practically three to his appointment MacArthur had career. 1 ;. The first was distinguished by a spectacular rise to rank and power as chief of — ... „„, he was the youngest man lo hold lhat office and he occupied it tor a record length of time—five years. Before then, MacArlhur was the youngest superintendent of West Point-and the youngest divisional commander in World War I He conceived the Idea of the Rainbow Division anrf served in j[. He returned from Europe's war with a chestrnl of medals, a reputation for reckless bravery and recognition a.s a shrewd tactician MacArlhur wa ., a dashing figure a military hero with the ramrod posture that in later years was to occonie one of his trademarks. A controversy that has llvcrt alongside his name during subsequent years was his part, as chief of stalf, In ordering the army out against Washington's bonus marchers In 1932. His supporters said he ed. it 61. when Japanese imperialism al 01, when Janpancse Imperialism bounced him tack ( O war in the Philippines as commander of U S Forces in the Far East. There he made his first fishl with outnumbered and ou!t:unned troops against n reckless, delormineii oriental enemy. The heartbreaking retreat into Daman, Ihe bitter battle fur tlic peninsula and Its tadpole guardian Corregittor, and finally the B alllin> capitulation-these all'left scars on Mat-Arthur (hat were to reappear years later. President Rcoscvelt ordered Mac. Arthur to leave Corresidor before j the end. With his wife and their ' young win, Arthur, the general readied Au.slr.iliR ,-iftcr almost providentially slipping through the Japanese by P-T boat and plane. Almost trom the day of his arrival, MacArthur began a running fight with ihe administration to net the men and equipment he said lie needed to win. MacArthur argued thru, as now. that the Orient was a vital area that could not lie ignored. Talked Ills Way Hack But he lost the battle, and the Pacific was bypassed for the greater priority flow of war strength to Europe, That defeat also left, il.s mark on Ihe general, to reappear years later In another—ami final controversy with another Democratic president. MacArthur fought, bank in Wnrld War II. with his famous leapfrog tactics, to the edge of the Philippines. These islands and their captured people had, In his mind, become his wards. The ragged war prisoners from his first, army had become a cross around the neck of this sentimental man .and years later he wept publicly when he talked abont thcm. ; Then the general wns summon 406 W. Main Phone 591 New, Washable Wallpapers with Style • 3 15 npl. Hundred) of beauliM wallpopers-all from leod- ing manufodurerj_oll ot big >avin ai , regordlesi of !U prlco you chooia lo poy. Selection includei »oshobl«-fodcproof potterni for every room —all printed on fine, heavy quality paper slock for lasl- mg beauly. Chooie now, al V/ordi. YOU SAVE y, ro '/, ON WARDS WAUPAPER GET FREE HOW-TO-HANG-WAttPAPER fOLDES back into destiny with a private lhat the President altered trie path MacArthur was preparing plans fir for the Invasion of japan, which he , Ui command, when the Japa, nose capitulation ended the first pc major war of western against the orient, powers A third career opened /nr the enemy fire, general as supreme commander for the allied powers—the political em- .„., peror of heaten. floundering Japan, he to the country MacArlhur came with memories so made Japan's surrender envoys use the code word "Balaan." But he exercised his dictatorship over the ose. His influence 'probably was he predominate in the swift mobili/a- Japanese with s ,,ch benevolence £> u nda r n ' Mra ', el - the ""'Islble that his former enemies came to ha" fee „ ™ •' '""" lhi " k respect, him will, (he type of rever- ™"" cn to ° "" lc ence (hey formerly reserved for their e/uperor. The general counted among his nnjor riccomplishmctil.s In Japan a stunning and important yiclr'ry !/?,,,'," s "' ficic " t authority i,, ;,j over Communism .„, a regimented „ " "* 'V" ko IIlis s "» "with over Communism in r. regimented country ripe lor It. before American ca polity turned against the Kremlin MacArthur blocked Soviet effort.sto' occupj — and thereby absorb— Hokkaido. Japan's northernmost main island. He fought Japanese Communists Communes > a ct i nrid ni ...Ii i- _ f . . ••"JUJii.n,^ s summoned lo a Honolulu conference with President Koosevcll. He was to be told lhat the Philippines were to, be bypassed; that his role in the | war—and future history—was over (o a standstill with a mixture of force and propaganda. And when Japan became the major supply •facing and air base for the Korean i war, not a single Important Instance or sabotage was reported. For years before the Korean outbreak, MacArlhur had warned a- Sjainst the surge of Communism across Asia. The general and his key officers 'long considered they actually were at war with the Reds in this part or the world. MacArthur privately bemoaned what he termed the needless loss of continental China to the Com- munlsw. He steadfastly maintained lhat China could have been held with some Western assistance wisely administered. Part of his later open biflerness asainst the U. S. State Department stemmed from the China wnr. It grew when ihe department wiped off Formosa, an island which MacArthur considered, an absolute necessity for American defenses in the Far East. Hurried In Ilic Hell! MacArlhur was 70 when the North Meet the KAHN TAILORING co. Specialist WHO? Mr. Martin Robertson WHERE? R.D. Hughes Co. WHEN? Thurs., April 12 WHY? To show yon his colorful display of f.,brk» .incl f.«!uon.s for men anil women . . . u> help you make your selections . . . and to take your nvcasuiemenis for delivery now or later. R.D. HUGHES CO. holidays, when combat da horse. MaoArthur was in the field three i.vs after the war started. He made ; ™ dl ° A 1 ,' 1 '" 8 ' aml worf "'"• younger to the easy range of staff officers journeying front, often within The sistent: opposed by had maintained con- Jimuni.st force must force, wherever it lion of united Nations troops. The first decision to bomb north of Ihe •was made at a war conference in lacArtlnir's plane during a flishi lo Korea. I w as present. MiicArthur asked his staff officers lo find sii/ricicnt authority in Washington hanging me." The general was elated bv success of the brilliant Inchon'land At 77, Gen. M'Arthur Can Look Back at Distinguished Career i"(T last September. The North Ko- : -can army came, apart, as he had ; predicted, and the war was ronsid- i -•red almost over. Mat-Arthur and ] ms officers had thought the O.iincse " "' ---•••• [llc iiit du pro- . ..... Inchon landing or not at all/ Attack Was Shock The Chinese attack wa.s a .„„found shock, it turned a brilliant victory into a bitter holding war. tlie end of which is not yet in sight H was then tlml MiicArlhur be- n to s.iow his pronounced, and fatal, impatience with the restraints By The Associated Press General of the Army Douglas MacArthur reached his 71st birthday on Jan, 26 ami could then look back upon one of the most distinguished military careers any American has known. He was the son of Lleulenant General Arthur MacArthur, himself a prominent soldier. noiisjlas MacArthur was graduated by the l}niled Sinte.s Mill- Inry Academy in l!)03 at the top of his class and went into the Engineers. From (hen on. his ca- rrer was one of consistent success. His promotions came rapidly throuph the lower grades and In 1313 he \vn.s made a brigadier general commanding the 84th Bri- under which he was obliged to light H was then he be s ,in 10 demand' l«lmc.il decisions and to suggest widening (he war. Mat-Arthur firmly believed that the entry of ,),e Chinese had opened a new war that could be won only hy the full use of Western power. "It's a cockcycr! world," lie once sain to me. "We're in a shooting war here, and nl] our troops are goui'j tn Kurope." 'l^e general wrote all of his own sta.cmem.s and made hi.s own dei-i>ion s about relea.sinR them. In his most recent comments, he prohnblv ™t ., <a!tl ' lg hil? /avo »tc "calculated Doubtless, he expected some sort of reaction. Hut it seems unlikely that he intended to gamble the li N. command that he valued so much by rcpeatine what he has said so consistently for a decade. But as he made his statements there must, have been swirlin» in his memory the recollection of thai other bloody peninsula which meant so much to him Unman. sion. of Ihe 43nd feainbow Divi- In November of the same year. MacArthur was given command of the division. He participated In most of the major American bat- ties 0 J World War One and w«« twice wounded in action. r 'i IS 19, he was appointed superintendent of West Point and shortly R (ter was promoted to brigadier general In the regular Army, Later he saw service In the Philippines, reaching major general's rank In 1925. in 1930. he was promoted lo general and made chief or statf. He served until 1835, when he retired »nd wrnt to the Philippines to orgnniit the Commonwealth's army. In 1942, MacArthnr was recalled to active duty as supreme commander of allied forces in UK Southwest Pacific. In 19\4, hf was given his fifth star when Congress created the rsnk of general of the army. 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