First a little history (really, this won't hurt a bit):
On April 11, 1951, President Truman announced the dismissal of Gen. Douglas MacArthur from his duties as Allied Commander of United Nations forces in the Far East.
As commander, MacArthur led U.N. forces north to the Chinese border, but was forced to retreat south as China entered the fight with North Korea in November 1950. By late winter of 1951, the U.N. forces had regrouped against communist forces, and fighting continued along the 38th parallel.
At this point, MacArthur openly challenged the U.S. civilian leadership by threatening to attack China. MacArthur's statements solidified the growing opposition against him in Washington -- which led to President Truman's order.
Well, Truman's dismissal of this war hero from World War II and Korea infuriated many Americans, especially Truman's political opposition. And as we know, my great aunt was no fan of Truman's. I am assuming that is why her scrapbook contained a full page of a newspaper (both sides) dedicated to MacArthur's visit to Chicago after his return to the U.S. from Korea. The newspaper was the Chicago Herald-American which is now long defunct (read about it here).
On thing I found interesting was this order form for souvenir copies of the paper.
General Douglas MacArthur scored another of his great victories today. The mighty city of Chicago capitulated in unconditional surrender as the hero of the Pacific landed at Midway Airport in his great silvery plane, the Bataan. The magic moment, for which the city and thousands of Midwest vistors had waited, arrives as Gen. MacArthur steps down landing ramp, preceeded by son Arthur and wife Jean.And this...
All along route from airport to Loop, Chicagoans stood in massed ranks to honor Gen. MacArthur, the man who loved his country more than his career.Oh, brother. Me thinks MacArthur loved MacArthur more than his career or country. But hey, without him MacArthur Blvd. would still be plain ol' West Grand.