A Brief Biography of General Douglas MacCarthur, Plus his Horoscope

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We take a look at the life and times of General Douglas MacCarthur, as well as a quick glance at his horoscope.

His early life

Douglas MacCarthur was born January 26, 1880, in Little Rock, Arkansas, the third son of Arthur MacCarthur, who was to become the army's highest ranking officer, and Mary Hardy MacCarthur, who very strongly influenced him. Young Douglas was groomed from the start by his mother to be an officer in the military, and he graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1903 at the head of his class.

Early career

For the next decade MacCarthur served as an aide and junior engineering officer, and the following four years he spent on the army's general staff. In 1914, he spent several months with the occupying troops in Veracruz, Mexico.

MacCarthur was, in succession, chief of staff, brigade commander, and divisional commander during combat operations in France during World War I and in the subsequent Rhine occupation. He was the Superintendent at West Point during the 1920's, where he initiated far-reaching reforms, served on Colonel William "Billy" Mitchell's court martial, held two commands in the Philippines, and took charge of the United States Olympic Committee. Thus, he had achieved national fame before he was forty years old. He advanced to Brigadier General by 1917 and Major General in 1924.

Bonus Army

In 1932, several thousand World War I veterans marched on Washington as the depression deepened and demanded "bonuses" for their duty in the conflict. MacCarthur, by now the army's Chief of Staff, led regular troops to oust the encampment of bonus marchers. His use of force to disperse them was widely criticized, as MacCarthur ordered them fired upon and several were killed. Then, from 1935-41, he served as Philippines military advisor endeavoring to build a Philipino defense force.

Marriages

MacCarthur married Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1922, but the union, producing no children, ended in an acrimonious divorce a year later. He then lived as a bachelor until 1937 when he married Jean Faircloth. This second and final marriage produced one child, Arthur MacCarthur II, born in Manila in 1938.

World War II

According to biiography.com..."Recalled to active duty in July, 1941, MacCarthur conducted a valiant delaying action against the Japanese in the Philippines after war erupted...He was ordered to Australia in March 1942 to command Allied forces in the Southwest Pacific Theater. He soon launched an offensive in New Guinea from Lae to Sansapor, while capturing the Admiralties and Western New Britain. The simultaneous northward movement of South Pacific forces in the Solomons, over whom MacCarthur maintained strategic control, neutralized Rabaul and bypassed many Japanese units.

"After winning a decision to invade the Philippines next rather than Formosa, MacCarthur attacked Morotai, Leyte and Mindoro in autumn 1944. Not until the Leyte operation did he have overwhelming logistical support; his earlier plans had been executed despite inadequacies of personnel and materiel...

"His largest, costliest operations occured during the seven-month Luzon campaign in 1945. That spring he also undertook the reconquest of the southern Philippines and Borneo. Meanwhile, he left the difficult mopping-up operations inn New Guinea and the Solomons to the Australian Army. He was promoted to General of the Army in December 1944 and was appointed Commander of all U. S. Army forces in the Pacific...He was in charge of the surrender ceremony in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

As Allied commander of the Japanese occupation in 1945-51, MacCarthur effectively if autocratically directed the demobilization of Japanese military forces, the expurgation of militarists, the restoration of the economy, and the drafting of a liberal constitution. Significant reforms were inaugurated in land redistribution, education, labour, public
health, and women's rights. While he was in Japan, MacCarthur also headed the army's Far East Command."

Korea

MacCarthur was put in command of the United Nations forces in the Korean War effort in 1950. After halting the North Korean advance on Pusan, he pulled off a daring landing at Inch'n in September and advanced into North Korea in October as the North Korean army quickly fled and disintegrated. In November, however, the Chinese, with massive force, entered the fray and attacked MacCarthur's army north of the 38th parallel and forced retreat to south of Soeul. Two month later MacCarthur attacked and again moved into North Korea.

On April 11, 1951, President Harry S. Truman relieved MacCarthur of all his commands for his general insubordination and unwillingness to conduct a limited war. MacCarthur was hell-bent on invading China, and in the opionion of Washington, he would have done so had not Truman stepped in. MacCarthur returned to Washington, where he addressed a joint session of Congress with his famous "Old Soldiers Never Die" speech. He was mobbed as he toured the country, and in New York he was given a ticker-tape parade, with thousands of adoring admirers lining the streets.

In 1944, 1948, and again in 1952, Republican kingmakers attempted in vain to get MacCarthur to accept the Republican nomination to become President, but MacCarthur refused and instead accepted the board chairmanship of Remington Rand Corporation.

Bography.com sums up: In personality MacCarthur was enigmatic and contradictory. To many he seemed imperious, aloof, egotistical, and pretentious. To others, especially his headquarters styaff, he appeared warm, courageous, unostentatious, and even humble. Most authorities agree that he possessed superior intelligence, rare command ability, and zealous dedication to duty, honor, country.

All photos from wikimedia commons

His horoscope

MacCarthur was criticized in military quarters for saying, when he and his army were routed from the Philippines, "I shall return,"and not "We shall return," as his troops felt, according to his detractors. This was pure fabrication. It never happened, and a quick glance at his chart tells us why. MacCarthur was wildly popular with the men who served him, since his Sun resided in Aquarius, which always confers great popularity with the group one serves. Moreover, Neptune's conjunction to the tenth house cusp (public image) reveals his mythic (Neptune) status in the eyes of a worshipping public.

The first thing I noticed while examining MacCarthur's birth chart is the close Mars-Pluto conjunction conjunct his mid-heaven in the tenth house of career. Mars is, of course, the God of war, and Pluto always takes to extremes everything it touches. Thus, MacCarthur was supremely suited to rise to the very top of his profession (tenth house) as a warrior (Mars). He was born for what he did.

The Sun in the sixth house of work in a fixed sign reveals a determined, industrious, hard worker, and a man adept at handling crisis situations (sixth house). MacCarthur was a supremely competent problem-solver (sixth house). Mercury in Capricorn shows he used his high intelligence to solve problems and challenges. Mercury in the sign of the mountain goat is a practical, down-to-earth thinker who communicates in a concise, easy-to-understand manner.

Uranus' first house placement shows MacCarthur tio be a one-of-a-kind individual, independent and autonomous. It was this trait, of course, that led to Truman firing him.

His Moon in Leo reveals his need to be adored. Leo Moons love recognition, applause and they will take s many trokes as they can get. Leo Moons also reveal great dramaticand acting ability, and his "Old Soldiers Never Die Speech" was masterful in this regard (see accompanying video). With the Moon in his twelfth house, certainly MacCarthur was very content with his own company, and he needed (Moon) to consecrate his life to a cause greater than self (twelfth house) in a highly drmatic andattention-grabbing (Leo) manner.

Douglas MacCarthur, truly a man of destiny, was the perfect individual to lead his country to war.

"Old Soldiers Never Die":

All photos from wikimedia commons

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Mar 2012 (#)

fabulous piece again Steve..and congratulations and no wonder it deserves the star..perhaps 5 of them I think...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Mar 2012 (#)

You are just too, too kind, cnwriter. Thanks so much.

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author avatar Funom Makama
8th Mar 2012 (#)

great work and a wonderful piece!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Funom.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
8th Mar 2012 (#)

You gave excellent coverage to Macarthur, along with pictures, Steve. Congratulations on the Star.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you so much Ivyevelyn. I appreciate it.

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author avatar Buzz
8th Mar 2012 (#)

The general we all loved for his major role in the liberation of the Philippines. His "I shall return" phrase has since been etched in our hearts. Great star page, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Mar 2012 (#)

It's strange. The word was that after he made that remark, his ment were very pissed off, as they thought he should have announced "We shall return." They never felt that way - in fact they loved him, but army personnel who were jealous of MacArthur's mythic status with the American public, put that out there to try to take him down. Thanks for commenting Buzz.

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author avatar ittech
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Powerful as always ...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you ittech. I appreciate that.

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author avatar M G Singh
8th Mar 2012 (#)

We studied the campaigns of general MacArthur in Staff College. He was good but had lost his touch in Korea

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Mar 2012 (#)

I agree, although his landing at I'nchon was brilliant.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
8th Mar 2012 (#)

McCarthur is famous in our place because this is where he landed..that "I shall return" thing....it was exactly in our place here in Leyte...a kilometer away from where i'm working

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Cool. Thanks for adding that cowboy.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
8th Mar 2012 (#)

an we've got a lot of towns here named after him...and we have a so called "McCarthur Park" (yeah the best place for lovers lol)

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author avatar Jules Castillo
8th Mar 2012 (#)

that sea in the 6th image, that happened here

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author avatar Mikey.
8th Mar 2012 (#)

Nice job steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Mikey. I appreciate that.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Amazing Steve, thank you...

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Thank you Delicia. I very much appreciate that.

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author avatar Retired
9th Mar 2012 (#)

Fascinating as always. Bravo on an additional star. Are you compiling these into a book? You should!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
10th Mar 2012 (#)

Thanks. Great suggestion rd. I might do it in an e-book, as soon as I can afford to download an e-book software writing and publishing program. Youz're just great, and I so very much appreciate and celebrate who you are.

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author avatar Songbird B
13th Mar 2012 (#)

Really interesting and informative Steve..Great Star page..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
13th Mar 2012 (#)

I see this is your day for reading what Steve has to say, and I am most grateful to you Bev.

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