- Service summary of Douglas MacArthur
United States Army Generalbegan his career in 1899, served in three major military conflicts and held the highest military office of the United States and of the Philippines during that service.
ummary of service
June 13, 1899– appointed as a Cadetat the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York.
*1900: Is the victim of
hazingand becomes involved in a serious scandal where one Cadet is left dead by upperclassman abuse. During the investigation he implicates only cadets who were already expelled from West Point or had previously confessed
*June 1903 – Graduates first in his class, commissioned as a
Second Lieutenantin the Corps of Engineers
*June 1903: Serves with the 3rd Battalion of Engineers in the Philippine Islands.
*1904: Assigned to the
California Debris Commission.
*April 1904: Promoted to
First Lieutenant, becomes acting Chief Engineering Officer for the Army Pacific Division based in San Francisco, California
*October 1904: Reports to Tokyo, Japan to serve as an aide to his father (Major General
Arthur MacArthur, Jr.) in the Far East
*December 1906: Serves as
aide-de-campto President Theodore Roosevelt
*August 1907: Attends the "Engineering School of Application" in
*February 1908: Assigned as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC), Improvements Commission,
*April 1908: Appointed as Commanding Officer, Company K, 3rd Battalion of Engineers. Later that year becomes an instructor at the Mounted Service School,
Fort Riley, Kansas
*April 1909: Becomes Quartermaster for the 3rd Battalion of Engineers
*February 1911: Promoted to Captain and serves as the Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Depot at
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
*November 1912: Assigned to the General Staff Corps, for duty as a Member and Recorder of the Board of Engineering Troops
*April 1913: Appointed as Superintendent of State, War, and Navy Buildings as a member of the General Staff
*April 1914: Becomes the Assistant Engineering Officer of the military expedition to Veracruz, Mexico
*December 1915: Promoted to Major, serves as an Engineering Officer on the Army General Staff
*August 1917: Advanced to the temporary rank of
Colonelin the National Army. Reports to Camp Mill, Long Island, New Yorkto begin forming the 42nd Infantry Division.
World War I
*1917 – 1918: Becomes Chief of Staff of the 42nd Infantry Division and is credited with naming it the "Rainbow Division". Joins the
American Expeditionary Forcebound for France
*June 1918: Appointed a
Brigadier Generalin the National Army and in August is appointed as Commander of the 84th Infantry Brigade.
*1918 – 1919: Cited for extreme battlefield bravery and also is wounded in combat and gassed by the enemy. Was known for personally leading troops into battle, often without a weapon of his own. Begins to develop a negative relationship with
General of the Armies John Pershing, after feeling that Pershing is wasting the lives of his troops with bad military tactics.
*May 1919: Returns to the United States a hero, but is distraught over the lack of recognition his Rainbow Division receives for actions in France.
*June 1919: Becomes the Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point
*February 1920: Reverts to peacetime rank, but is one of the few officers who does not lose his World War I position. Becomes a brigadier general in the
Regular Army. Receives a negative evaluation report from Pershing, now Chief of Staff, who ranks Macarthur 38 out of 45 generals and states that MacArthur has an "exalted view of himself and should remain in his present grade for several years".
*October 1922: Becomes Commanding General, District of Manila, in the
*July 1923: While still serving as District of Manila Commander, also becomes Commander of the 23rd Infantry Brigade
*January 1925: Promoted to
Major General, becoming the youngest two-star general in the U.S. Army. Returns to the United States to become a Corps Commander
*May 1925: Assigned as IVth Area Corps Commander, U.S. Army, encompassing areas of
*1926 – 1927: Serves as 3rd Corps Commander, based in
*1928: Leads the US Olympic Team to
Amsterdamand is then assigned as the Commanding General, Philippine Department, based in Manila.
*October 1930: Becomes the commander of the Ninth Corps Area based in
San Francisco, California
November 21, 1930: Appointed as a full Generaland becomes Chief of Staff of the United States Army
*June 1932: Presides over the destruction of the "
Bonus Army", deemed a low point of his tenure as Army Chief of Staff
*October 1935: Completes his tour as Chief of Staff and declines retirement from the Army. Per Army regulations, reverts to his permanent rank of
Major Generaland becomes the Chief Military Advisor to the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines
December 31, 1937: Decides to retire from the United States Army. He reverts back to the rank of Major General for listing on the U.S. Army retired rolls
*1937 – 1941: Civilian adviser to the Philippine Government on military matters. Is appointed a Field Marshal in the Philippine Army, the only American officer in history accorded with that rank. Begins wearing the cap which is so often associated with him, that being a Field Marshal cover with U.S. Army crest
*April 1937: marries
*February 21, 1938: Arthur MacArthur IV is born
World War II
July 26, 1941: Recalled to active service in the United States Army as a Major General
July 27, 1941: Appointed Lieutenant General in the Army of the United Statesand becomes Commanding General of USAFFE(United States Army Forces in the Far East)
*December 1941: Japanese invade the Philippines
*December 18, 1941: promoted to General in the
Army of the United States
*December 1941–May 1942; Allied forces retreat to Bataan and Corregidor
*February–March 1942: Roosevelt orders MacArthur to leave the Philippines and base in himself in Australia; on March 20, in
Terowie, South Australia, MacArthur promises, "I came out of Bataan and I shall return."
*1942: MacArthur is appointed Supreme Allied Commander,
South West Pacific Area. Australian Prime Minister John Curtingives MacArthur control of the Australian military, which commences the New Guinea campaign.
*1943: MacArthur implements
Operation Cartwheel, the Joint Chiefs of Staffplan to isolate the major Japanese base at Rabaul.
*1943 – 1944: argues with the Joint Chiefs of Staff regarding reconquest of the Philippine Islands. Chiefs propose bypass; MacArthur appeals to President Roosevelt.
*October 1944: U.S forces land at Leyte and begins reconquest of Philippines
*December 1944: Promoted to the newly created rank of five star
General of the Armybecoming second highest ranking active duty officer of the U.S. Army, second only to George Marshall
*1944 – 1945: Due to logistics issues the Joint Chiefs decided to invade the Philippine Islands. MacArthur again must fight to convince his superiors to invade the entire Philippine Islands, whereas initial plans call for only an invasion of the south. The Joint Chiefs at last agreed that MacArthur is to invade the Philippine Islands at
Leyte Gulfand strike toward Manila.
February 5, 1945: MacArthur fulfills his promise to return and liberates Manila
*Summer 1945: in Manila to plan invasions of Japan in October, 1945. Is stunned when the
atomic bombends the war abruptly, quoted that "this apparatus will make men like me obsolete".
*September, 1945: Presides over the Japanese surrender ceremony and is appointed military governor of Japanese home islands. Threatens the Soviet Union with armed conflict should
Red Armysoldiers attempt to occupy any part of Japan.
Occupation of Japan
December 15, 1945: Orders the end of Shintoas the state religion of Japan
*1945 – 1948: Begins sweeping reforms, drafts a new constitution for Japan, and puts an end to centuries of Emperor god-worship.
July 8, 1950: Following the invasion of North Koreainto South Korea, MacArthur is named Commander of all United Nationsforces in Korea.
July 31, 1950: Travels to Taiwanand conducts diplomacy with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek
September 15 1950: Leads UN forces at the Battle of Inchon, seen as one of the greatest military maneuvers in history
October 15 1950: Meets with President Truman on Wake Islandafter heavy disagreements develop regarding the conduct of the Korean War. When meeting Truman, it is very noticeable that MacArthur does not salute his Commander-in-Chief but rather offers a handshake. Truman awards MacArthur a fourth oak leaf cluster on his Distinguished Service Medal.
*November – December 1950: With China committed to all-out war against the US on the Korean peninsula, MacArthur advocates for the same in return against China but is prohibited. He is outraged when military leaders in Washington restrict the war to only the Korean theater, meaning that he cannot bomb even the bridges of the Yalu river over which Chinese troops, supplies, and material are streaming across. He is further restricted from bombing their bases in Manchuria. MacArthur expressed his outrage later, saying that "The order not to bomb the Yalu bridges was the most indefensible and ill-conceived decision ever forced on a field commander in our nation's history."
April 11, 1951: After several public criticisms of White House policy in Korea, which were seen as undercutting the Commander-in-Chief's position, Harry Trumanremoves MacArthur from command and orders him to return to the United States. Some suggest Truman may have exchanged MacArthur for a sound nuclear policy in Korea since he did not trust "Brass Hat MacArthur" with nuclear weapons. Some disagree with this, however, since (as David Horowitznoted in "The Free World Colossus") MacArthur later came out against Truman's use of the bomb against Japan and there seems to be no concrete evidence of a major change in his views.
April 19, 1951: At a farewell address before the United States Congress, MacArthur gives his famous [http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Douglas_MacArthur#Farewell_address_to_Congress_.281951.29 "Old Soldiers Never Die"] speech [http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/douglasmacarthurfarewelladdress.htm]
*May 1951: Retires a second time from the U.S. Army, but is listed as permanently on active duty due to the regulations regarding those who hold Five Star General rank. For administrative reasons, he is assigned "in absentee" to the Office of the Army Chief of Staff
*1952: Allows name to be placed on primary ballots for Republican nomination, but does not campaign or announce as a candidate. Senator Robert Taft promises supporters to name MacArthur as candidate for Vice President, but Taft loses nomination to Eisenhower.
*1955: Is considered for promotion to
General of the Armies. The promotion is declined by MacArthur due to logistics involving retirement pay benefits and seniority listings within the Army.
May 12, 1962: Gives famous valedictory speech at West Point
*Active in U.S. Olympic affairs
April 5, 1964: Douglas MacArthur dies of liver and kidney failure following gallbladder surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Centerin Washington, D.C..
Dates of rank
*Command Aviator Badge
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Overseas Service Bars
*Expert Badge with Rifle and Pistol bars
*Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath
*British Pacific Star
*French Légion d'honneur Grande Croix (Grand Cross)
*French Croix de Guerre with Palm
*French Medaille Militaire
*Belgian Grand Cross Order of the Crown
*Belgian Croix de Guerre
*Belgian Order of the Cross
Philippine Medal of Valor
Philippine Legion of Honor, Degree of Chief Commander
Philippine Defense Medalwith one bronze campaign star
Philippine Liberation Medalwith two bronze campaign stars
Philippine Independence Medal
*Philippine Presidential Unit Citation
*Czechoslovakian Order of the White Lion
*Polish Virtuti Militari
*Polish Grand Cross of Polonia Restituta
*Grand Cross Netherlands Order of Orange-Nassau
*Yugoslavian Order of the White Eagle
*Japanese Order of the Rising Sun
*Republic of Korean Presidential Unit Citation
*Korean Grand Cross of the Order of Military Valour and Merit
Korean War Service Medal(posthumous)
*Knight Grand Cross of Military Order of Italy
*Italian War Cross
*Cuban Grand Cross of Military Merit
*Ecuadorian Star of Abdon Calderon, First Class
*Chinese Special Grand Cordon Order of Pao Ting (Precious Tripod)
*Greek Cross of Military Honour
*Guatemalan Cross of Military Merit First Order
*Hungarian Grand Cross Order of Military Merit
*Order of Mexican Military Merit
*Grand Cross Order of Romanian Military Merit
* [http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0126.html "New York Times" Obituary]
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