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Truman's Diary Entries, 6-7 Apr 1951

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6 Apr 1951

ww2dbaseFriday, April 6, 1951

MacArthur shoots another political horab through Joe Martin, leader of the Republican majority in the House. This look like the last straw. Rank insubordination. Last summer he sent a long statement to the Vets of Foreign Wars - not through the high command back home, but directly! He sent copies to newspapers and magazines particularly hostile to me.

I was furnished a copy from the press room of the White House which had been accidentally sent there.

I ordered the release suppressed and then sent him a very carefully prepared directive Dated Dec 5 inso setting out Far Eastern policy after I'd flown 14404 to Wake Island to see him and reach our understanding face to face.

He told me the war in Korea was after what we could transfer a regular division to Germany Jan 1st. He was positive Red China would not come in. He expected to support our Far Eastern policy. I call in Gen Marshall, Dean Acheson, Mr. Harriman and Gen Bradley before cabinet to discuss estimation. I've come to the conclusion that our Big General in the Far East must be recalled. I don't express opinion or make known my decision.

Direct the four to meet again Friday afternoon and go over all phases of the estimation.

Saturday, April 7, 1951

We met again this morning - Gen Marshall, Dean Acheson, Mr. Harriman and Gen Bradley.

It is the unanimous opinion of all that MacArthur be relieved. All four so advise.

I direct that order be issued. Press statement prepared and suggest meeting Monday before the Cabinet meets. ww2dbase

Source(s):
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum

Added By:
C. Peter Chen

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