:I came through and I shall return ….”
This was famous line left by General Douglas MacArthur before he left the Corregidor Philippines during world war II.
General MacArthur is an American General that experienced both World War I and World War II. He was on Born January 26, 1880 in Little Rock Arkansas. He came from a family, who also served the United States government.
He is one of the American soldiers considered to be a hero in his country and to other countries as well. Even up to this day his heroic feats are still being celebrated in the Philippines.
General Douglas MacArthur was already a retired officer after World War I but was recalled during World War II to serve not only his country but a distant cousin as well.
During World War II the Japanese government was one of the oppressors of the Philippines and sought to completely take over the country but the United States government extended a helping hand assigning General Macarthur to aid in this battle with the Japanese.
General MacArthur was recalled in 1941 by the United States Army as a commander of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE), this was an allied force between the Philippines and United States Under one command.
He became an icon of hope for many Filipinos during the war against the Japanese, however by March 1942 General Douglas Macarthur was forced to flee the Philippines in along with his family and staff. This was an order given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to General Macarthur in fear that Corregidor was about to be taken over by the Japanese.
General Macarthur left the country travelling in a PT boat (Patrol Torpedo Boat) going to Australia. This is where General Douglas Macarthur mentioned his famous line “I came through and I shall return”.
It took a little time for General Macarthur to fulfill this promise since the United States government focused their efforts in assisting Europe where the genocide of six million Jews was occurring.
This troubled the heart of General MacArthur and he continuously seeks a way to return to the Philippines and carry out his promise.
By September 1944 preparation was already being placed for the return of General Macarthur. On October 1944, General Douglas MacArthur along with his troops again landed in the Philippines on the Island of Leyte. He immediately made a radio broadcast “People of the Philippines, I have returned”
In January 1945 up to February 1945 the General and his forces continuously invaded the Philippines to gain back control over its main islands.
In his continued efforts the remaining capitals and main lands were conquered and Japanese resistance was taken over. The war ended in August and some of the men that he left behind on March 1942 survived to see his return. “I’m a little late,” he told them, “but we finally came.”
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