“My first recollection is that of a bugle call,” MacArthur was fond of saying. Indeed, on January 26, 1880, he was born to the khaki in the Arsenal Barracks in Little Rock, Arkansas, where his father, Arthur MacArthur, Jr., was posted with the 13th Infantry.

Arthur MacArthur was a significant military figure in his own right and obviously was a major influence on his son. In 1862, during the second year of the Civil War, he joined the Union Army as a first lieutenant. A courageous and aggressive fighter, he was cited for bravery and awarded a captaincy in his first battle at Perryville, Kentucky. Arthur was still a teenager when in November 1863, at the battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, he led the 24th Wisconsin Volunteers in ...

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