Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.
Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880 April 5, 1964) was an American military leader who served in World War II. He helped rebuild Japan after the war and played a key role in limiting the Communist takeover of Korea with his daring Inchon landing. A controversial figure, he was dismissed by President Truman but returned to the largest tickertape parade ever.