DANGER ZONES: Reconnaissance in Formosa

"Keep your chin up, we're going to win," said Douglas MacArthur as he bade farewell to Chiang Kaishek. Then, as China's Generalissimo beamed and haoed, the U.S. Far East Commander flew off in his C-54 Bataan for Tokyo.

MacArthur called his one-day visit to Formosa "a short reconnaissance of the potential of its defense against possible attack." Acting under Washington's order to guard the island against Communist invasion, he promised "effective coordination between American forces under my command and those of the Chinese government." As for Chiang's offer to send Nationalist troops...

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