Douglas MacArthur: Farewell Address to Congress

(1951)

On April 19, 1951, General Douglas MacArthur delivered an unprecedented “farewell address” to a joint session of Congress (not to be confused with his farewell address at the West Point military academy in 1962). The purpose of the nationally televised speech was to justify his conduct as commander of the American-led coalition of UN forces that was still fighting Communist North Korea, with the aid of its Chinese Communist allies, in the Korean War.


MacArthur had enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the U.S. Army. He had served as supreme Allied commander in the Pacific...

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