Douglas MacArthur

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Douglas MacArthur (26 January 1880 – 5 April 1964) was an American officer played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II, becoming the Supreme Allied Commander, South West Pacific Area. He was the effective ruler of Japan during the American occupation of Japan. MacArthur led the United Nations Command in the Korean War, controversially removed from command by President Harry S. Truman in 1951.

He stated on numerous occasions before his death that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were completely unnecessary from a military point of view: “My staff was unanimous in believing that Japan was on the point of collapse and surrender.” [1]

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