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MacArthur in AsiaThe General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea$
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Hirosh Masuda

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449390

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449390.001.0001

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The Evacuation of MacArthur from Corregidor, Late February to the Middle of March 1942

The Evacuation of MacArthur from Corregidor, Late February to the Middle of March 1942

(p.93) 6 The Evacuation of MacArthur from Corregidor, Late February to the Middle of March 1942
MacArthur in Asia

Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
Cornell University Press

On January 27, 1942, having obtained the agreement of high-ranking army and navy officers, Secretary of State Cordell Hull suggested to Roosevelt that he should urge MacArthur to evacuate from Corregidor. On February 2, Army Chief of Staff George C. Marshall additionally proposed that MacArthur's wife and son and one “other person” (presumably MacArthur) should be added to the evacuation group. On February 15 and again on the night of February 21, Marshall insisted that MacArthur should make a clear decision, referring to a presidential order and citing the name of Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. Through these twists and turns, MacArthur came to accept the evacuation of himself and his family, but it is not clear when he made the final decision. This chapter discusses the means of evacuation and the accompanying persons; selection of evacuation dates and route; and the journey from Corregidor to Tagauayan, from Tagauayan to Mindanao, and from Mindanao to Australia.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, Corregidor, evacuation, Tagauayan, Mindanao, Australia

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