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From our archives: Nation honors legendary general

What we thought: 50 years ago

Published: Monday, April 14, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

Note to readers – Sauk Valley Media reprints editorials and articles from the past as a regular Monday feature. The following items appeared in the Telegraph on April 6 and 11, 1964.


deeds live on

The old soldier is gone, slipped into the shadows of history. What the rigors of a score of campaigns, the enemy shells on a dozen battlefields, the dangers and demands of three wars failed to do, the remorseless hand of time has accomplished.

The death of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur is mourned not only by his countrymen but by millions the world over.

The name MacArthur immediately brings to mind the picture of the stern-faced hero of the Pacific war with the scrambled egg insignia on his camp and corncob pipe and tieless, open collar, who in the darkest days of World War II uttered both a promise and a battle cry with the words, “I shall return.”

Yet MacArthur had already completed 38 years of distinguished service in the Army before his name became a household word after the Japanese invasion of the Philippines.

Graduated from West Point with highest academic honors in 1903, he took part, as a captain, in the Vera Cruz expedition of 1914. In World War I, although a brigadier general, he saw personal action in the bloody St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, among others, and was wounded twice.

By the time the war clouds were gathering again in the 1930s, he had served as superintendent of West Point and commander of the Army’s Philippines Department and had reached the top of the military ladder as chief of staff.

Then came World War II, and as if he had not lived and done enough to fill the lives of any number of men, MacArthur’s contribution to history was far from ended with the signing of the peace. MacArthur, as occupation commander, virtually wrote the postwar Japanese constitution himself, to which the Japanese owe their present democracy and the spectacular release of their native energies from the bondage of totalitarianism.

Brilliant and wise administrator that he was, however, MacArthur was foremost a warrior, and a victory as startling as any in American military history was to be his with the landing at Inchon during the Korean War.

But the world had changed, and complete victory in Korea was not for him or any man. His removal by President Truman, said to have been dictated by the realities of the nuclear age, served only to increase his stature in the eyes of many Americans. It also made him more human, less a god. ...

Now MacArthur the man is dead at 84. Yet, as he truly said, old soldiers never die. Not the great ones. – April 6, 1964

Sen. Goldwater speaks for millions

We do not think for one moment that the thousands of good, conservative, plain people of Illinois are concerned by the fiasco called an election in New Hampshire.

We feel certain that someone with great know-how and money did set out to accomplish one thing – and that was to discredit and embarrass Senator Barry Goldwater.

The great monied interests of the Eastern Seaboard have named the last three Republican nominees for president.

It is about time that Americans be given an opportunity to have their choice of voting for either a liberal or a conservative.

When Richard Nixon was debating his opponent, many Republicans accused him of not fighting hard enough – of not speaking out strong. These same people are now saying Barry Goldwater is talking too strong.

We think Barry Goldwater is just saying what a vast number of Americans think. ...

We think that the honest and outspoken Barry Goldwater will gain in stature when all the truth is available to the people of America. – April 11, 1964

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