Heroes: At the Beginning

The audience broke into spontaneous applause as the old man, still carrying himself with military grace, walked down the steps of the Capitol to the waiting microphones. The last time General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, 82, visited Capitol Hill was in 1951. during the angry aftermath of President Harry Truman's decision to fire him as commander in Korea. But last week the atmosphere was as warm as the noonday August sun, as Congress honored the soldier whose career spanned 52 years and three wars.

Extolling the general. House Speaker John McCormack, read off a list of his great battles...

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