02 December 2007

Medal of Honor: A. MacArthur Jr. and D. MacArthur


First Lieutenant and Adjutant, 24th Wisconsin Infantry

Born: 2 June 1845, Springfield, Mass.

Citation: Seized the colors of his regiment at a critical moment and planted them on the captured works on the crest of Missionary Ridge [on 25 November 1863].


General, US Army; commanding US Army Forces in the Far East

Born: 26 January 1880, Little Rock, Ark.

Citation: For conspicuous leadership in preparing the Philippine Islands to resist conquest, for gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against invading Japanese forces, and for the heroic conduct of defensive and offensive operations on the Bataan Peninsula [in 1941-1942]. He mobilized, trained, and led an army which has received world acclaim for its gallant defense against a tremendous superiority of enemy forces in men and arms. His utter disregard of personal danger under heavy fire and aerial bombardment, his calm judgment in each crisis, inspired his troops, galvanized the spirit of resistance of the Filipino people, and confirmed the faith of the American people in their Armed Forces.

Note: A father and son who were both awarded the Medal of Honor.

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