The Real MacArthur?

My stint as an Army journalist a few years earlier (1951–53) than Geoffrey Perret gave me no insight into the MacArthur legend. I fear, however, his search for the “real” MacArthur (February/March) has brought him under the mystique and glossed his journalistic vision.

How does the failure of President Hoover’s orders to reach him absolve MacArthur of the brutal acts he carried out against the Bonus Marchers and their wives and children? Read more »

The Fall Of Corregidor

“The Rock” was a proud island fortress, impregnable to attack from the sea. Unfortunately, the Japanese didn’t come that way. Its capture climaxed the bitterest defeat in our history

In 1941, Manila Bay was the focus of United States power in the Orient: all of our war plans emphasized its importance. The Orange—or War with Japan—plan envisaged a naval campaign: if United States and Filipino forces could hold the Bataan peninsula and the fortified islands at the entrance to Manila Bay, thus denying their use to an enemy for a period of three to six months, the Pacific Fleet would fight its way westward from Pearl Harbor and relieve and reinforce the defenses.