I wrote about MacArthur because I thought that he was a good man who was a hero to the United States. He did many things for America. He relates to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in several ways. Both Dr. King and General MacArthur fought for what they believed to be right. Both worked their whole lives to make the United States a better country. Both endured many hardships for the love of their country.
Here is some information on Douglas MacArthur and my thoughts about him. I think that Douglas MacArthur is a hero for the United States of America. The one thing I admire about him was he always stayed with his own troops. He treated every one of the soldiers as if they were his sons. That is why "Mac", which is what soldiers nicknamed him, received a lot of respect. The nickname developed because the soldiers were very close to MacArthur and it was easier to call him "Mac."
Another thing I like about MacArthur is the fact that he was very humble. When MacArthur was signing the surrender of Japan to end World War II, most commanders wore medals and ribbons. MacArthur wore none. He was dressed in his regular army clothes. A conversation between two sailors explain why he dressed that way...
Sailor1: Look at Mac, ain't he got no ribbons?
Sailor 2: If he wore them all, they would go clear over his shoulder.
That was Mac. He had been awarded 22 medals, 13 for heroism. He was considered a hero by almost all of American society. The conversation that the sailors had showed Mac as humble and courageous. In Douglas MacArthur: an American Hero, Silberdick writes, "dedicated to the dignity of man and the fulfillment of his most cherished wish for freedom, tolerance, and justice." This man did things that Martin Luther King, Jr. would like very much.
The one thing that I really admire about Douglas MacArthur is the fact that he stood up to authorities, such as the President, to do the right things. Some people did not like him, including President Truman. Since he did not obey orders, the President Truman dismissed him. Instead of being sad and gloomy, he just said to his wife "Jeanie, we are going home." Martin Luther King did the same thing.
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By: Michael L.
Last updated: 11/28/01