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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2059
AUTHOR: Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964)
QUOTATION: I shall return.
ATTRIBUTION: General DOUGLAS MACARTHUR. After leaving the Philippines March 12, 1942, he later arrived in Australia. When he was pressed by reporters, General MacArthur issued the following statement: “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 object of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return.”—Representative Speeches of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, p. vi (1964). Senate Doc. 88–95.

See also his Reminiscences, p. 145 (1964).
SUBJECTS: World War II (1939–1945)