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Harry S. Truman
Harry Truman TLS Re: Firing Gen'l. Douglas MacArthur
Washington DC: , April 17, 1951, 1719. Harry Truman TLS Re: Firing General Douglas MacArthur. Single page typed letter signed on White House stationary letterhead. Dated "April 17, 1951", and signed by President Harry Truman as "Harry Truman". Framed with visible area of the letter by sight 8.25" x 5.5". Framed to 13.5" x 16". Fine condition, not examined out of frame. Truman writes to Dwight Palmer of New York, thanking him for his "telegram expressing approval of my recent action in the Far Eastern situation" (alluding to dismissal of MacArthur). In one of the most controversial civilian-military events of the 20th century, on 11 April 1951 President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur, then in command of the U.S. forces in Korea, and replaced him with General Matthew Ridgeway. In 1951, the scars of World War II across the world were still fresh. The fear of having to engage in another world war was very real. A mere two years after the end of WWII, the Cold War began. The United Nations, which was formed to provide a forum to prevent future wars, included the membership of the Soviet Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and 57 other countries. The US adopted a firm stance to contain the spread of communism, which was being aggressively promoted by the USSR. The Korean War began when the North Korean People's Army (NKPA) crossed the 28th parallel into South Korea. Adhering to its policy of containment, the United States could not ignore the threat of communism in Asia, but neither the president nor the public wanted a long, drawn out war. … [Click Below for Full Description]
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