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You're looking at the US military academy at West Point this is the oldest continuously operated military post in America.
Good evening I'm Oliver North welcome to war stories.
For over 200 years some of the greatest leaders that ever command on the battlefield walk these grounds as cadets generals grant and Lee Eisenhower Patton.
And this -- general Douglas MacArthur.
Few soldiers in history have been more passionately admired war more controversy.
It was a military prodigy now highly decorated veteran.
-- -- major American wars inspired great devotion to his men.
That troubled relations so we'll let.
Him like a -- -- -- and fell from out.
Come -- this on this special war stories journey the life of this.
Altogether from him.
Five star hero.
-- Big crowds lined up and 34 ball.
Just getting good.
I do pull the comments.
I'll report about the war -- -- more man than me.
General -- -- -- piece of the minority complex.
And I because because he is superior.
-- -- first recollection was hearing of people.
-- -- James Sobel is the archivist for the acclaimed MacArthur memorial library and archive in Norfolk Virginia.
Contains -- you messages from they do pay very close -- will work records.
It's here that the general public as well as historians -- -- some eighty books on this one man -- experience the life and times of the legendary figure.
Some of the personal like love letters.
Sweet lady of mystery I am back again at my -- -- Some of it historically the most photographed -- in the world.
January 26 1880 Douglas MacArthur made his debut -- army barracks in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He's the youngest of three boards.
His father civil war hero Arthur MacArthur the second his mother Mary known as -- and his grandfather a prominent judge.
Douglas would have a lot to live up to them.
As -- -- eighteen year old boy colonel in the civil war.
On September of 1863.
Supermodel and -- and driven through with that in mind.
For two agonizing months union troops were cut off and under -- from 46000.
Confederate under general Braxton -- Rex -- army took up positions on -- -- if it's overlooked the city catnip.
On November 24 as you general Ulysses S.
Grant watched Arthur MacArthur seized the initiative.
-- his troops up the slopes.
-- was shot out -- and it.
Are there that he picked up the coast and Clinton at that moment pressed mr.
-- where it was supposed to say you know who gave the order to do that.
Nobody could spoke up for -- that well it turns out all right it'll be all right.
Years later douglas' father would be awarded the medal of honor for the action -- missionary ridge.
So the mother would.
Always -- this year have to be like your father have to be like generally general grant throughout his career.
It was a constant striving to surpass what his father done.
By 1882 thirds of the army's 80000 that was stationed west of the Mississippi mostly remote outposts.
While buffalo bill's wild west show featuring Annie Oakley -- -- -- easterners the MacArthur family was living the real thing stationed at fort sold in New Mexico.
They always said it was happy -- time of this life of veterans -- constantly come visit the father.
Going over the civil war days these were things that rang true -- -- years.
And but take you long for a better life for herself and her family one far from dusty army -- hopes.
In 1983 all three boys came down with a measles and five year old Malcolm died yankees devotion to Douglas and his older brother Arthur the third and.
-- -- -- The country's civil mama's -- so much different now than back -- it's just complete undying.
Devotion to each other definitely which we'll have to help and she held all the way to beat that -- When his father was assigned to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Douglas attended the west Texas military academy.
Can never be second best people sent us a little bit standoffish.
And everyone else but people also said that at times could be.
Very friendly and 189616.
Years of age MacArthur applied to president Grover Cleveland for an appointment to West Point and despite a barrage of recommendations including -- governors and a former secretary of war MacArthur was turned down.
His father suspected to switching from the Democrat to the Republican Party during the civil war had earned him no favor with a Democrat president.
There's never any doubt in his mind he was going to go to west.
I think his mother and father -- show that there wasn't any doubt in his mind.
Especially -- -- But the following year MacArthur was turned down again this time by a Republican president William McKinley.
-- parade is US army veteran and the author of the acclaimed biography old soldiers never die.
If you take somebody who is pretty bright and they've put in the work places focused and disciplined way.
They -- get.
February 1898 USS -- six and Havana harbor under mysterious circumstances.
All the politicians clamor for war Douglas MacArthur scores and 93 point three on the West Point admissions exam it's the highest score.
Much the -- Particularly west when it's time were southerners.
Was or resentment because his dad had been such a successful and yes he was started not only because it was time.
This -- minutes represented maybe 42 cents cadets maybe four or five.
Who wanted to continue fighting this so walk by picking on I was --
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