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15 pages (2007/1951); 153KB downloadWOWIO Books
; ISBN: WOWIO-00172
As Commander of U.S. (and later Allied) forces in the southwestern Pacific during WWII, General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) accepted Japan's surrender in 1945. MacArthur was serving as leader of UN forces in Korea when President Truman requested his resignation in 1951 because of fear that MacArthur's strategy would lead to war with China and the Soviet Union. MacArthur's farewell speech, delivered to a joint session of Congress on April 19, 1951, is often mentioned as one of the great moments in the early days of television.