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How General MacArthur Led His Army to Victory

08 Feb 2017

Today, we add another new slide set to the Slide Topics catalogue.

It's "Macarthur's Leadership Style", a visual depiction of the 17 principles that General Douglas Macarthur practised as arguably the greatest US military leader of the 20th century.

If you don't know who Douglas Macarthur was, here are 10 fascinating facts to help you get to know this outstanding wartime leader:

  1. The families of Macarthur's parents were on opposite sides in the American Civil War. His mother, Mary Pinkney Hardy came from a Confederate family. His father, Arthur MacArthur Jr, was a Union veteran.
  2. Arthur and his son were the first father and son duo to receive the American Medal of Honor, the highest military honour in the American forces for acts of valour.
  3. When MacArthur went to the US Military Academy at West Point, his mother went too, staying at a hotel on the academy grounds. She kept an eye on him during his training and he graduated top of his year of 1903.
  4. MacArthur was recruited as the president of the American Olympic committee in 1927 for the Summer Games in Amsterdam. He led the team at the opening ceremony and, when the boxing team withdrew from competition because of a decision going against them, MacArthur ordered them back into the ring.
  5. In 1933, MacArthur was given the task of recruiting men to the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public relief programme for unemployed, unmarried men from relief families. MacArthur handled it like a military operation and mobilized nearly 300,000 recruits to the programme.
  6. MacArthur opposed President Roosevelt's planned cuts in military spending in 1934. After a heated discussion with the president, MacArthur left and vomited on the White House steps.
  7. In 1944, MacArthur toyed with the idea of becoming US president as the Republican Party's nominee, even though he was prohibited from winning as he was on active duty. He won the Illinois primary before losing the nomination to Thomas Dewey.
  8. In 1951, President Harry Truman fired MacArthur from his post in charge of the US Army in the Korean War, citing insubordination and saying that MacArthur would lead the country to a third world war.
  9. After his sacking, MacArthur received a hero's reception in New York riding through the streets of Manhattan in an open limousine to a tickertape welcome.
  10. The day before his triumphant return, MacArthur addressed a joint session of Congress where his closing words had been, "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away."

Now, aren't you more curious about General MacArthur?

Find out more by viewing our slide on his leadership principles here.

(The top picture from Wikipedia shows General MacArthur signing the Japanese surrender instrument aboard USS Missouri on September 2nd 1945.)