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Douglas MacArthur

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Douglas MacArthur

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  • On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea, beginning the Korean War.
  • General Douglas MacArthur was appointed commander-in-chief of the United Nations Command in South Korea.
  • On September 17, 1950, the invasion of Inchon reversed a period of setbacks for South Korean forces and built MacArthur's reputation in the conflict.
  • In October 1950, it became clear that China was contributing troops to the North Korean forces.
  • In March 1952, the United States and South Korean forces began retaking ground and captured Seoul from the North Koreans.
  • President Truman planned to advocate for a negotiated peace, but MacArthur made a statement demanding that the Chinese accept defeat.
  • Also in March, Truman received intercepts of conversations between MacArthur and officials at U.S. embassies that indicated MacArthur wanted to expand the war rather than follow Truman's orders.
  • On April 5, 1951, a letter was made public in which MacArthur derided Truman's approach to Asia.
  • On April 10, 1951, Truman relieved MacArthur of his post.
  • On April 19, 1951, MacArthur appeared before a joint session of Congress and delivered his farewell address.


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