Hero’s welcome for Gen. MacArthur
April 18, 1951: Gen. Douglas MacArthur waves during a welcome-home parade in San Francisco.
Following disagreements on the conduct of the Korean War, President Harry Truman on April 11, 1951, relieved Gen. Douglas MacArthur of his command of U.S. forces in Korea. MacArthur’s firing set off a major uproar among the American public.
Arriving in San Francisco on April 17th, 1951, MacArthur was given a hero’s welcome. Staff representative Gene Sherman reported in the April 19, 1951, Los Angeles Times:
SAN FRANCISCO, April 18 –– Gen. MacArthur publicly renounced all political aspirations here today climaxing a truly fabulous welcome home.
The 71-year-old deposed supreme commander chose a tumultuous civic reception on the City Hall steps to answer a question the world has asked.
Concluding gracious remarks of home-coming and appreciation for the overwhelming Bay City greeting, the general added:
“I have been asked if I intend to enter politics. My reply was, ‘No’.”…
“I have no political aspirations whatsoever.
“I do not intend to run for any political office and I hope my name never be used in a political way.
“The only politics I have are contained in the simple phrase known well by all of you–God bless America.”
Gen. MacArthur next flew to Washington D.C. and on April 19, gave his famous Farewell Speech to Congress (link to YouTube video of speech).
This photo by retired staff photographer John Malmin was published in the April 19, 1951, Los Angeles Times. The original photo is a vertica l – shown below – but I cropped it into a horizontal to concentrate on MacArthur.
April 18, 1951: Uncropped version of Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s welcome-home parade in San Francisco. Credit: John Malmin/Los Angeles Times
June 25, 2013, 5:07 am
Not running for office? Of course he was, MacArthur did similar parades all over the country. I was living in Lansing, Michigan at the time and they had a big parade down Michigan Avenue to the Capitol. Huge, never a parade like that before or after, MacArthur waving, people cheering, thousands of people there. In retrospect, Harry was right and MacArthur was an arrogant ass.
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