HISTORICAL NOTES: MacArthur v. Truman

In the chapter of Harry Truman's memoirs that deals with the firing of General Douglas MacArthur during the Korean war, one word instantly caught Douglas MacArthur's eye: "insubordination." MacArthur boiled up in anger. "Now, for the first time," he wrote in an answer to Truman in last week's LIFE, "[Mr. Truman] bases his action on what he terms insubordination, one of the most serious of all military offenses and one which throughout our military annals has never been made without the officer concerned being given a hearing and the opportunity to defend himself . . .

"This belated claim of...

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