American Minute with Bill Federer JAN. 26 - 'Nations subject to moral decay...passed into political and economic decline.' - General Douglas MacArthur
American Minute with Bill Federer
JAN. 26 - 'Nations subject to moral decay...passed into political and economic decline.' - General Douglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur was born JANUARY 26, 1880.
He commanded in France during World War I.
He was superintendent of West Point, 1919-20.
At age 30, he became the youngest Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.
A four-star general, he retired in 1939, but returned in 1941 to defend the Philippines.
When Japan invaded, President Roosevelt ordered him to Australia, but not before he promised "I shall return."
General MacArthur heard of the 10,000 Filipino and American prisoners
who died on the Bataan Death March, he stated, April 9, 1942:
the weeping mothers of its dead, I can only say that the sacrifice and
halo of Jesus of Nazareth has descended upon their sons, and that God
will take them unto Himself."
On October 20, 1944, General MacArthur returned with an American army and freed the Philippines, stating:
of the Philippines: I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our
forces stand again on Philippine soil - soil consecrated in the blood of
our two peoples. We have come, dedicated and committed to the task of
destroying every vestige of enemy control...The hour of your redemption
Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Corregidor
lead on...Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be steeled. The guidance
of Divine God points the way. Follow in His name to the Holy Grail of
a radio speech broadcast from the invasion beach on returning to the
Philippines, General Douglas MacArthur stated, October 20, 1944:
"Strike at every favorable opportunity. For your homes and hearths,
For future generations of your sons and daughters, strike! In the name
of your sacred dead, strike! Let no heart be faint. Let every arm be
steeled. The guidance of Divine God points the way. Follow in His name
to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!"
war, when a commander becomes so bereft of reason and perspective that
he fails to understand the dependence of arms on Divine guidance, he no
longer deserves victory."
to Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific, he
received Japan's surrender on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Harbor.
the World War II ended, General Douglas MacArthur suggested that Youth
for Christ representatives and other missionary groups go to Japan:
"(In order to) provide the surest foundation for the firm establishment of democracy."
to five-star general, he was Supreme U.N. Commander during the
beginning of the Korean War, making a daring landing of troops deep
behind enemy lines at Inchon and recapturing Seoul.
He became at
odds with President Truman who did not want to confront the Communists,
so Truman made the unpopular decision to remove him.
On April 19, 1951, following his tour of Korea, General Douglas
MacArthur spoke to a Joint Session of Congress to announce his retirement:
am closing my fifty-two years of military service. When I joined the
Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all
my boyish hopes and dreams.
The world has turned over many
times since I took the oath of the Plain at West Point, and the hopes
and dreams have all since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of
one of the most popular barracks ballads of that day, which proclaimed
most proudly that old soldiers never die; they just fade away.
like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and
just fade away, an old soldier who has tried to do his duty as God gave
him the light to see that duty. Good-by."
Douglas MacArthur told West Point cadets, May 1962:
"The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training-sacrifice.
battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those Divine
attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image.
No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of Divine help which alone can sustain him.
horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to
offer and to give his life for his country is the noblest development
January 18, 1955, a monument was dedicated to General Douglas MacArthur
at the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday, which had inscribed his
"Battles are not won by arms alone. There must exist
above all else a spiritual impulse-a will to victory. In was there can
be no substitute for victory."
In 1942, General Douglas MacArthur was named Father of the Year. He stated:
"By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am
prouder-infinitely prouder-to be a father.
soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never
destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies
creation and life.
And while the hordes of death are mighty, the
battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I
am gone, will remember me not from the battle but in the home repeating
with him our simple daily prayer, 'Our Father Who Art in Heaven.'"
General Douglas MacArthur composed "A Father's Prayer" in the early
days of World War II while in the Pacific:
"Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he
weak, brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be
proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will
know Thee-and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but
under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him
learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those
General MacArthur continued:
me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; a son who
will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will
reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all
these things are his, add, I pray, enough of sense of humor, so that he
may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously.
him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true
greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true
Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, 'I have not lived in vain.'"
General Douglas MacArthur warned in a speech to the Salvation Army, December 12, 1951, stating:
fails to record a single precedent in which nations subject to moral
decay have not passed into political and economic decline.
has been either a spiritual awakening to overcome the moral lapse, or a
progressive deterioration leading to ultimate national disaster."