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Who said, "I shall return"?

Question #9735. Asked by Marlen.
Last updated Jul 23 2021.

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General Douglas MacArthur, March 11, 1942, as he left the Philippines for Australia.

This phrase, among the more famous in American history, is practically synonymous with Douglas MacArthur, known even to those who know nothing else about him. The last part of a simple statement to reporters shortly after his harrowing escape from Corregidor and arrival in Australia, it's pure MacArthur, first-person, highly dramatic, and more political than meets the eye.
The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organizing the American offensive against Japan, a primary objective of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return.

Response last updated by gtho4 on Jul 23 2021.
Jan 21 2001, 9:57 PM
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Douglas MacArthur is the most famous for saying, "I shall return."


Here are some more quotes where people said, "I shall return."


May 16 2008, 6:14 PM
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