Douglas MacArthur was a great general. He was in the fight to win and when he was not allowed to by the powers that be during the Korean War, he disobeyed and was ultimately fired by President Truman. My grandmother was a friend of MacArthur's wife, Jean, as they had been in a bridal party together at one time. She sent the MacArthurs cookies all during World War II and when he was fired by Truman during the Korean War (whom she disliked being the strong Republican that she was) she was almost livid.When he came to Chicago and was honored by a Loop parade, all the banks and businesses closed and we were free for time to watch him come by in an open car. I have never seen such a massive parade in Chicago.I was watching in front of the Fair Store on State Street, and as he passed by, the store let loose with tons of red, white and blue feathers from their roof. I raised my right arm and waved the flag as he was passing and after his car went by, the crowd surged after him and I was literally carried -- as everyone else was -- arm still raised -- trapped by the mobs of people -- and ended up on Michigan Boulevard. I'll never forget the outpouring of love and affection the citizens of Chicago gave him.When he made his famous speech to Congress, all work at the bank stopped and we all listened to it on the radio. I recall my supervisors were crying by the end of it. "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."Carol Herdien
Carol,Wow! You have the best real life stories! Thanks for sharing!
Here's another great quote from General MacArthur that I particularly like. A man as young as you, Jason, may not think much about getting old, but it comes to us all. MacArthur offers a profound thought:“Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.” General Douglas MacArthur at age 78
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