Raised in a military family in the American Old West, MacArthur was valedictorian at the West Texas Military Academy, and First Captain at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated top of the class of 1903. During the 1914 United States occupation of Veracruz, he conducted a reconnaissance mission, for which he was nominated for the Medal of Honor. In 1917, he was promoted from major to colonel and became chief of staff of the 42nd (Rainbow) Division. In the fighting on the Western Front during World War I, he rose to the rank of brigadier general, was again nominated for a Medal of Honor, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross twice and the Silver Star seven times.
From 1919 to 1922, MacArthur served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he attempted a series of reforms. His next assignment was in the Philippines, where in 1924 he was instrumental in quelling the Philippine Scout Mutiny. In 1925, he became the Army's youngest major general. He served on the court martial of Brigadier General Billy Mitchell and was president of the American Olympic Committee during the1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam. In 1930, he became Chief of Staff of the United States Army. As such, he was involved in the expulsion of the Bonus Army protesters from Washington, D.C. in 1932, and the establishment and organization of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1937 to become Military Advisor to the Commonwealth Government of the Philippines.
MacArthur was recalled to active duty in 1941 as commander of United States Army Forces in the Far East. A series of disasters followed, starting with the destruction of his air forces on 8 December 1941, and the invasion of the Philippines by the Japanese. MacArthur's forces were soon compelled to withdraw to Bataan, where they held out until May 1942. In March 1942, MacArthur, his family and his staff left nearby Corregidor Island in PT boatsand escaped to Australia, where MacArthur became Supreme Commander, Southwest Pacific Area. For his defense of the Philippines, MacArthur was awarded the Medal of Honor. After more than two years of fighting in the Pacific, he fulfilled a promise to return to the Philippines. He officially accepted Japan's surrender on 2 September 1945, and oversaw the occupation of Japan from 1945 to 1951. As the effective ruler of Japan, he oversaw sweeping economic, political and social changes. He led the United Nations Command in the Korean War until he was removed from command by President Harry S. Truman on 11 April 1951. He later became Chairman of the Board of Remington
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Postdated Development events follow from here onwards :
The experience of seeing him off at the Singapore Armed Forces Basic Military Training Centre (SAF BMTC) is captured in this video below :
My Son enlisted to the Singapore Army from Dad the KL City Kid on Vimeo.
Before start of confinement on 13 Aug 2013
After end of confinement 3rd weekend later
7 Weeks after entry to SAF BMTC
9 Weeks after entry to SAF BMTC
7 Days after graduation
While back to Singapore, I received a letter of October 18 sent out to Parent(s)/Guardian(s) to first congratulate the son's/daughter's successful entry into Officer Cadet School (OCS), SAFTI Military Institute (SAFTI MI) and also to invite them to a FamilyVisit Day on 27th Oct 2013
Family Visit Day
Ok click on the pics below and count 6th from the right ie starting with the commando with the red beret to spot Shuan :
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The Lieutenant in the army completed his service to his country faithfully in 2016, saved enough money to pay his own way to serve a voluntary 2 year missionary service for his Church. He couldn't leave the country without being forced by the Singapore government's legal control to be a citizen of Singapore first, else he had to pay back for all his subsidized tuition fees since he transferred to Singapore to become a PR when the base of our family moved to Singapore in 2007. The account of Lieutenant Chong receiving his mission call to become Elder Chong is found here.