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MacArthur in Asia

The General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea

by Hiroshi Masuda; translated by Reiko Yamamoto

Publication Year: 2012

General Douglas MacArthur's storied career is inextricably linked to Asia. His father, Arthur, served as Military Governor of the Philippines while Douglas was a student at West Point, and the younger MacArthur would serve several tours of duty in that country over the next four decades, becoming friends with several influential Filipinos, including the country's future president, Emanuel L. Quezon. In 1935, he became Quezon's military advisor, a post he held after retiring from the U.S. Army and at the time of Japan's invasion of 1941. As Supreme Commander for the Southwest Pacific, MacArthur led American forces throughout the Pacific War. He officially accepted Japan's surrender in 1945 and would later oversee the Allied occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1951. He then led the UN Command in the Korean War from 1950 to 1951, until he was dismissed from his post by President Truman.

In MacArthur in Asia, the distinguished Japanese historian Hiroshi Masuda offers a new perspective on the American icon, focusing on his experiences in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea and highlighting the importance of the general's staff-the famous "Bataan Boys" who served alongside MacArthur throughout the Asian arc of his career-to both MacArthur's and the region's history. First published to wide acclaim in Japanese in 2009 and translated into English for the first time, this book uses a wide range of sources-American and Japanese, official records and oral histories-to present a complex view of MacArthur, one that illuminates his military decisions during the Pacific campaign and his administration of the Japanese Occupation.

Published by: Cornell University Press


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-vi

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Preface and Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xii

The enduring mythology around the figure of Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964) has been sustained in both the United States and Japan. Even a half century after his death, interest in and enthusiasm for MacArthur continue to grow. More than seventy books on MacArthur have appeared in the United States. ...

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1. Encounter with the Philippines

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pp. 1-8

Douglas MacArthur’s encounter with the Philippines had complex origins. The first point of contact was through his father, Arthur MacArthur Jr., who attained the rank of lieutenant general in his military career. In June 1899, when Douglas MacArthur was admitted to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, at the age of nineteen, ...

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2. Origins of the Bataan Boys

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pp. 9-26

This chapter moves from MacArthur to the Bataan Boys, the group of fifteen army officers who served under MacArthur, and who escaped from Corregidor Island and the southern part of the Bataan Peninsula on the night of March 11, 1942. ...

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3. From the Approach of War to the Evacuation from Manila, October to December 1941

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pp. 27-50

At 7:49 a.m. Hawaii time on December 7, 1941, Japan’s military attack on the U.S. naval fleet at Pearl Harbor prompted the outbreak of war between the United States and Japan. What kind of plan was being worked out in Washington and Manila for the defense of the Philippines in the weeks before the attack? ...

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4. The Fall of Manila and the First Offensive and Defensive Battles, Early January to Early February 1942

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pp. 51-72

Formed in the shape of a salamander, Corregidor Island occupies an area of about 7.8 square kilometers (4.86 square miles), about one-twelfth the size of Manhattan. The distance from the head-shaped section in the east to what might be seen as the salamander’s tail in the west is about 6.3 kilometers (3.93 miles), ...

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5. Planning the Escape from Corregidor, Early February to Late February 1942

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pp. 73-92

Manuel L. Quezon, president of the Philippines, originally declined MacArthur’s request that he withdraw from the capital. Caught offguard by MacArthur’s message, he protested: “My own first duty is to take care of the civilian population and to maintain public order while you are fighting the enemy.”1 ...

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

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pp. 93-120

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, taking advantage of the shift in MacArthur’s view on Quezon’s evacuation, ...

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7. The Second Bataan Operation and the Death March, Early February to Early May 1942

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pp. 121-148

The first Bataan offensive, which started on January 9, 1942, inflicted heavy casualties on the Japanese 65th Brigade and on February 8, Homma Masaharu, commander of the 14th Army, ordered a cease-fire. The Japanese had clearly underestimated the U.S. and Filipino forces. ...

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8. From Australia to the Philippines, March 1942 to October 1944

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pp. 149-168

After arriving in Australia in the middle of March 1942, MacArthur was for a while deeply despondent. The large-scale military force that he believed would be awaiting his arrival in Australia did not exist. He found only one poorly trained U.S. division stationed there, one Australian division, and an air force of some 250 obsolete aircraft; ...

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9. From the Philippines to Japan, October 1944 to August 1945

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pp. 169-192

MacArthur’s successful landing on Leyte meant that he had returned to the Philippines two years and seven months after his infamous withdrawal from Corregidor in March 1942. After setting up a military base at Tacloban on Leyte’s northeast coast, he moved energetically around battlefields to free the entire Philippines from Japanese control. ...

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10. The Demilitarization of Japan, August 1945 to December 1947

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pp. 193-208

On August 30, 1945, MacArthur landed safely at his final destination and from Atsugi Airfield headed for his accommodation at the Hotel New Grand in Yokohama. Armed Japanese troops stood on guard at regular intervals on both sides of the road, their backs to MacArthur. ...

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11. The Democratization of Japan, August 1945 to April 1950

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pp. 209-228

The policy of public purges was implemented on the basis of Article 6 of the Potsdam Declaration of July 26, 1945: “There must be eliminated for all time the authority and influence of those have deceived and misled the people of Japan into embarking on world conquest.” It created a whirlwind in every aspect of postwar Japanese society. ...

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12. Washington’s Policy Shift on Japan and MacArthur's Resistance, January 1948 to June 1950

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pp. 229-248

On March 17, 1947, two-and-a-half months after the beginning of the second phase of public purges, which covered the economy, the press, and local administration, MacArthur used a press interview to call for an early peace treaty with Japan. At the time this was viewed as a sudden announcement, without any advance consultation with Washington. ...

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13. The Korean War and the Dismissal of MacArthur, June 1950 to April 1951

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pp. 249-274

On June 25, 1950, at 04:00 local time, the North Korean People’s Army (later North Korean army) opened an assault along the 38th Parallel (38 degrees north latitude), which served as the boundary between the northern and southern portions of the Korean Peninsula. Shortly thereafter, seven infantry divisions and one brigade of tanks thrust into the south. ...

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pp. 275-286

MacArthur’s military career occupied more than a half century of the eighty-four years of his life. It lasted for fifty-two years, starting in 1899 with his entrance into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and ending in April 1951 with his dismissal from the positions of supreme commander for the Allied Powers, commander of the United Nations Command, ...


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pp. 287-306


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pp. 307-312


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pp. 313-320

E-ISBN-13: 9780801466199
E-ISBN-10: 0801466199
Print-ISBN-13: 9780801449390
Print-ISBN-10: 0801449391

Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2012

Edition: 1