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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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Encounter with the Philippines

Encounter with the Philippines

(p.1) 1 Encounter with the Philippines
MacArthur in Asia

Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
Cornell University Press

This chapter details Douglas MacArthur's various encounters with the Philippines. The first point of contact was through his father, Arthur MacArthur Jr., who was the military governor of the Philippines and was engaged in the occupation of Manila and the suppression of rebellions following the Spanish–American War. After graduating from West Point in June 1903, Douglas applied to the elite Army Corps of Engineers, and in October he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to the Philippines. He served in the Manila military district, where he was engaged in the improvement of Manila Bay, the construction of fortresses on Corregidor Island, and road construction on the Bataan Peninsula. The remainder of the chapter covers Douglas' appointment as the youngest general on record in the U.S. Army at age 50; his position as military advisor to Emanuel L. Quezon; and his initiation of a plan aimed at enhancing the defensive powers of the Philippine Army.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, Philippines, Emanuel L. Quezon, defense plan, Philippine Army, U.S. Army, Manila

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