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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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(p.275) Conclusion
MacArthur in Asia

Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
Cornell University Press

This book has focused on MacArthur from the outbreak of war between the United States and Japan through the occupation of Japan until the middle of the Korean War. It has aimed to depict a true image of MacArthur through the prism of his immediate staff. This concluding chapter sums up MacArthur's personal qualities as a hero in war and in peace under seven headings: courage, decisiveness, loyalty, dignity, intelligence, leadership, and conviction. MacArthur was both a brilliant wartime commander and a man of outstanding peacetime gifts. Like others, he had his weaknesses and failings. Looking broadly, however, and particularly at MacArthur as commander of the Allied forces in the unusual circumstances of indirect occupation, there is no one who surpassed MacArthur in dignity, knowledge, coordination, decision-making, and control.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, war hero, military hero, Korean War, Japan, wartime commander

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