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1962 Sylvanus Thayer Award 

Douglas MacArthur

     Throughout more than a half-century of active Army duty, Douglas MacArthur advanced his country's welfare by his outstanding military leadership, both in war and in peace.

     As an officer of the Corps of Engineers for 15 years, as a division commander in World War I, as Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, as Chief of Staff of the United States, and Military Advisor to the Philippine Commonwealth Government, this far-sighted leader performed an ever-increasing role in the development of America's military potential.  For his heroic defense of Bataan and Corregidor, he received the Medal of Honor.  Against a determined enemy and overwhelming logistical odds, he personally led the forces of the United States and its allies from Australia to Japan, where, as Supreme commander Allied Powers, he accepted the surrender of the Japanese Empire.  There he turned his consummate ability to the peaceful conversion of an erstwhile enemy country into a prosperous and friendly nation.  Then when a hostile army attacked in Korea, this indomitable leader stemmed the tide of aggression as commander-in-Chief of the  United Nations Command.

     By his unswerving and devoted Duty to his country, he has greatly enhanced the Honor of the united States. Accordingly, the 1962 Sylvanus Thayer Medal is hereby awarded by the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy to Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903, United States Military Academy.