“The soldier, above all other men, is required to perform the highest act of religious offering – sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death he discloses those divine attributes which his maker gave when he created in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instincts can take the place of the divine annunciation and spiritual gift which will alone sustain him.”
General Douglas MacArthur (1880 to 1964)
A US Army General who is widely known for his exploits during World War II, where he commanded the Southwest Pacific Theatre, as military administrator of post-war Japan during the Allied occupation that followed (1945-51), and leading UN forces during the first nine months of the Korean War (1950-53).
MacArthur was promoted to full General (4-star) when he was selected as US Army Chief of Staff in 1930. In 1935-41, he served as a military advisor to the Philippines (with the rank of Field Marshal), retiring from the US Army in 1937. He was recalled to active duty in July 1941. He was promoted to General of the Army in December 1944 (the US equivalent of Field Marshal).