The U.S. Army's youngest major general when he attained that rank in 1925, this controversial officer was named Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army in 1930; during World War Two he became commander of the U.S. Army Forces in the Far East and then Supreme Commander of the Southwest Pacific Area; he officially accepted Japan's surrender on September 2, 1945 aboard the U.S.S. Missouri; during the Korean War President Truman removed him from the United Nations Command in 1951. TNS, 1p, 5½" X 8½", West Point, NY, 1919 September 2. Addressed to Joseph C. Chase (1891-1954, an artist commissioned by the A.E.F. to paint portraits of commanding generals and hero doughboys published by George H. Doran Company in New York in the 1920 book "Soldiers All: Portraits and Sketches of the Men of the A.E.F." ). Near fine. On letterhead of the Superintendent's Office of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a position MacArthur had been assigned to just several months previous (serving until 1922), he looks back on World War One: "I arrived in France on October 29, 1917. As I look at the date I have a sense of almost amazement that so much could have transpired in so short a lapse of time." (MacArthur had sailed to France in September 1917 as chief of staff of a division created at his suggestion, the 42nd or "Rainbow" Division, leading numerous raids, getting gassed twice and earning many commendations until the armistice was signed in November 1918.) He also comments, more specific to Chase, that "Memory of your delightful visit to us at Sinsig is still fresh upon me and I hope that your labors may bring you later on to be my guest again at West Point." Signed simply "MacArthur," as he often did during this period. Comes with a fine glossy 6¼" X 8" black and white news agency photograph (International News Photos), a candid closeup of MacArthur in civilian garb -- overcoat, silk scarf, hat. Caption at bottom dates it 25 January 1955 and describes the scene as "A striking closeup of General Douglas MacArthur just before he flew from New York today to celebrate his 75th birthday in Los Angeles tomorrow. California dignitaries and a million plain citizens are expected to greet the famous soldier, who is making his first visit to the city in 18 years. Part of the birthday celebration will be the unveiling of a monument in the general's honor at MacArthur Park in downtown Los Angeles." A handsome early letter with interesting WW1 content and unusual later life photograph. (Inventory #: 40850)
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