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Re: MacArthur [Was: Slow period for list]
At 08:58 AM 12/20/02 -0700, Robert wrote:
> Almond was also one of MacArturs perfumed princes whos stupidity caused
>many unecessary casualties. The strategy during the advance North, spliting
>the forces with the Taeboc Mountains dividing the forces, was military
>idiocy, and it was only the consumate Generalship of General Smith,
>commanding the First Marine Division, that kept the rear secured, alowing
>the classic fighting retrograde that secured the Division and permited the
>orderly re-positioning of the Marines.
Ah! MacArthur disliked Almond for many reasons but, most especially,
because of Almond's dismal performance as the commander of a Black division
in Italy in the Second World War. (Almond stated that the Blacks were
unable to fight and asked that his division be disbanded!).
Almond was foisted on MacArthur by his brother-in-law, George Catlett
Marshall, another great bigot. And MacArthur tried to use Almond in a
tactical capacity at the urging of Marshall.
Blame MacArthur for many things. Blame Almond on VMI and Marshall. And it
is significant to note that Almond went on to some really high-level jobs
long after MacArthur was history -- so long was the tail of George Catlett
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