The Good Years: MacArthur and Sutherland

The Good Years: MacArthur and Sutherland

The Good Years: MacArthur and Sutherland

The Good Years: MacArthur and Sutherland

Synopsis

The first volume of a two volume series, this book begins the intimate, first hand look at a relationship that shaped the history of World War II, that of General Douglas MacArthur and his Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Richard Sutherland. Told from the vantage point of one who was there, it presents new information about the operations of the General Headquarters for the Pacific during the war. This first begins with the prewar careers of MacArthur and Sutherland, continues through Pearl Harbor and Corregidor, as well as the other epic struggles of 1942, and concludes with the campaign at Buna.

Excerpt

This book traces the relationship between MacArthur and his chief of staff in their joint exercise of the command function in MacArthur's headquarters during World War II. It is a sympathetic study written by an eyewitness observer of the events, and is corroborated by contemporary documents. By necessity it is the walking of an old trail. The story of MacArthur in World War II is now a familiar one, and the trail markers are obvious. This is a different journey, however. The book is not intended to shock but, rather, to illuminate and to establish perspective. It grew out of my determination to understand. It is the story of reasonable men performing rational duties in an activity that seemed to obliterate rationality.

This book is based upon my experience as stenographer and chief clerk in the office of Douglas MacArthur and his chief of staff, Richard K. Sutherland. I was the only member of the office staff who served continuously for the full term of the war, and the only enlisted man taken from Corregidor by MacArthur at the time of the evacuation. As part of my duties I organized and supervised the office files, and managed a force of six men. Over the course of the war I was promoted from private to master sergeant to warrant officer. MacArthur himself commissioned me at Lingayen in January 1945.

I am a professor and a scholar who has published widely in a very specialized area. In the writing of this book I have observed the established rules of my profession. I have used the official files of MacArthur's own office, many of which I typed and all of which I organized. I remember many of the circumstances that shaped the documents, and I doubt that anyone else will interpret those documents as accurately as I have. The books written by men who served as close to MacArthur, as I did, have been examined; I knew those men and am able to evaluate their records. I have gone to great lengths to confirm my recollections for use as a primary source, and have found a high level of reliability. I did not remember all of it, but what I remembered, I remembered accurately.

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