On this day in 1942 --US forces under Gen Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines. In December 1941, MacArthur's ill-prepared troops--Filipino and American were attacked by the Japanese. For my friend in Cavite, much of the fighting occured there as well as in Manila. In March 1943, MacArthur was ordered, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to leave the Philippines and go to Australia. When in Australia, MacArthur gave his famous quote to reporters: "I shall return." MacArthur had to wait almost 2 years before returning. Read about plans to return there here. Then go here to read about the battle that has gone down in history known as the Battle of Leyte Gulf. An interesting article about events leading up to MacArthur's departure from the Philippines can be found at the World War II database online . His return can be seen on a news reel available here for online viewing .
(Originally posted on my Yahoo 360 blog)