American Caesar, Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964 Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Discuss MacArthur's military career.

MacArthur served in the U.S. army for fifty-two years. He received twenty-two medals during the course of his career, thirteen for heroism. He was described as being extraordinarily brave, and he served in three great wars and led the U.S. forces in the war with Japan in the Pacific during World War II.

2. What were MacArthur's religious beliefs?

MacArthur considered himself an Episcopalian. He did not attend church, yet he read the Bible every day. He viewed himself as equal to the Pope as a defender of Christianity.

3. What were some of MacArthur's weaknesses?

MacArthur's weaknesses included a yearning for public adoration and paranoia. He was convinced that both the Navy and high ranking politicians were out to get him. He was also aloof and considered hard to get to know.

4. What were some of the rumors that surrounded MacArthur?

A lot of rumors surrounded MacArthur. It was rumored, for instance, that he wore rouge and dyed his hair. He was also rumored to have drowned his first wife's lover and to have kept a cow in New Guinea for milk while his men did without milk. It was also rumored that he had escaped the Philippines with a mattress stuffed with gold coins. None of these stories about MacArthur were true, but they persisted nonetheless.

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