American general in World War II.
Typewritten Letter Signed Douglas MacArthur, one page, quarto, New York, May 18, 1961. To Raymond S. Richmond of San Francisco. With the original envelope.
“Thank you so much for your inspiring letter of May 12th. It was thoughtful, indeed, of you and I appreciate it. The only excuse Mr. Truman could have for his abuse of me is that it should be true or it should be witty. If it is neither the one nor the other, it becomes mere vulgar scurrility. With every good wish ”
When the Korean War began in 1950, Douglas MacArthur was soon selected to command United Nations forces there. After stemming the North Korean advance near Pusan, he carried out a daring landing at Inch’on in September and advanced into North Korea in October as the North Korean Army rapidly disintegrated. In November, however, massive Chinese forces attacked MacArthur’s divided army above the 38th parallel and forced it to retreat to below Seoul. Two months later MacArthur’s troops returned to the offensive, driving into North Korea again. On April 11, 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved Douglas MacArthur of his command because of the general’s insubordination and unwillingness to conduct a limited war. Returning to the United States for the first time since before World War II, MacArthur at first received widespread popular support, but the excitement waned after a publicized Senate investigation of his dismissal.
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