American General in World War II.
MACARTHUR PRAISES THE MEN OF THE PT BOATS FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN THE NEW GUINEA CAMPAIGN.
Autograph Letter Signed, MacA, one page, quarto, undated . In pencil, to Admiral [Thomas C.] Kinkaid.
Douglas MacArthur praises the men of the PT boats for what they are doing in the New Guinea campaign. “Please accept for yourself and express to all officers and men of the squadron of the motor torpedo [craft] concerned my appreciation of the splendid service they are so consistently rendering in the New Guinea Campaign. It is creating high tradi[ti]ons for this branch of our Navy.”
Before the Allies could push northward to the Philippines, they had to subdue Japanese-held western New Guinea. American troops took Saidor on January 2, 1944, and established an air base there; the Australians took Sio on January 16. Reinforcements then landed at Mindiri on March 5, and Australian infantry began to move westward up the coast to take Bogadjim, Madang, and Alexishafen. On April 22, the Allies made two simultaneous landings at Holandia, capturing the airfields in four days. In the following months Hollandia was converted into a major base and command post for the southwest Pacific area. Eventually, the Allies captured other Japanese strongholds in westernmost New Guinea.
Admiral Kinkaid led the U.S. Seventh Fleet through the major sea and island battles of World War II. He directed the battles of Midway, Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, the recapture of the Aleutians and the invasion of the Philippines. It was Kinkaid who planned the invasion of the Philippines and was responsible for moving the entire landing force ashore.
Framed with a compelling photograph of Douglas MacArthur in walnut and antiqued gilt. Matted in cream and taupe. Framed dimensions are 22 1/2 inches wide by 15 inches high.
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