General Douglas MacArthur And His Dimples
I learned much about General Douglas McArthur in school. He was the general wearing Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses and was always photographed with a corncob pipe. He was the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) when the combined American and Philippine troops took their last stand in Bataan and Corregidor. After uttering that famous line "I shall return", he made good his escape to Australia.
|General Douglas MacArthur wearing his favorite Aviators (Life photo; caption is mine)|
|The Fall of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942. Photo shows American and Filipino soldiers being held captive by Japanese soldiers. (wiki; caption is mine)|
|The ruins of Corregidor Island after the Battle of Corregidor in 1942 (wiki)|
|Japanese soldiers rejoice after the fall of Bataan on April 9, 1942. (wiki; caption is mine)|
And he did return to the Philippines after more than 2 years. Leading the American forces that landed in Palo, Leyte one day in October of 1944, he made that historic landing more dramatic with his statement: "People of the Philippines, I have returned. By the grace of the Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil." He and his men then liberated Manila and other key areas from the Japanese Imperial Army. He became a hero to every Filipino then, receiving endless accolades and adulations. A long highway in Central Luzon was named after him. Today, MacArthur Highway remains as one of the most passable highways of the Philippines.
|The American Forces under General MacArthur approaching Leyte in October, 1944 (wiki; caption is mine)|
|The American Forces under General MacArthur land at Palo, Leyte in October, 1944. (visitpinas; caption is mine)|
|General MacArthur accepts the official surrender of Japan on board the USS Missouri. (g'gle; caption is mine)|
|General MacArthur was one of the heroes of WWII.|
When he was appointed as military adviser to the Philippine Commonwealth, an entire floor of the plush Manila Hotel was reserved exclusively for his use. It was his residence for several years. Today, there is still a MacArthur Suite at that 5-star hotel near Manila Bay. Life-size figures in Tacloban, Leyte depict his historic landing in 1944. There is also a McArthur Bridge in Sta.Cruz, Manila. General MacArthur Academy in Bulacan was named after the famous General.
|The Leyte Landing Memorial in Tacloban Leyte (taclobanhotel.com; caption is mine)|
|The MacArthur Suite at the plush Manila Hotel (manilahotel.com; caption is mine)|
|Sta. Cruz Bridge in Manila was renamed MacArthur Bridge. (pagenation; caption is mine)|
|The MacArthur Monument near MacArthur Bridge (wikimapia)|
What I didn't learn in school was that General Douglas McArthur had "Dimples". My history teachers, from grade school to college, didn't tell me that. It was only from my barber that I learned that General MacArthur had "Dimples". Dimples, here, refers to a lady named Elizabeth Cooper, a Filipina-Scottish beauty who was a vaudeville dancer and part-time actress. The General met Dimples in Manila in 1930, fell in love with her and took her as mistress. Douglas was then Chief of all US troops based in the Philippine Islands. The Philippines, at that time, was under American rule.
|Isabella Rosario Cooper or Elizabeth Cooper (findagrave.com)|
|Framed photo of Elizabeth Rosario Cooper, nicknamed Dimples (ionart; caption is mine)|
Dimples was then 15 years old while Douglas was in his early 50s. When MacArthur flew back to the States, he took Dimples with him. Dimples was kept in an apartment in Washington, D.C. where MacArthur worked as Chief of Staff of the US Army. She was not allowed to go out as it was supposed to be a secret affair. The general didn't want others to get wind of their relationship as it was a ground for disciplinary action. He was a divorcee then. And he knew that his old mother would not allow it. Douglas was a mama's boy.
|Douglas MacArthur married divorcee Louise Cromwell Brooks in 1922. They divorced in 1929. Louise was one of Washington's most beautiful women. She was also rich. (g'gle; caption is mine)|
|General Douglas MacArthur's mother, Mary "Pinkney" Hardy. (macarthur memorial; caption is mine)|
When boredom was starting to creep in, Dimples was demanding that her family be allowed to stay in the United States. She kept badgering him about it. And when two journalists threatened to expose the scandalous affair, MacArthur felt the pressure all the more. He gave Dimples a plane ticket for her return trip to Manila. The general wanted to end it all. But Dimples had another plan. She didn't fly back to the Philippines. She traveled to the midwest and stayed there for years before settling in California. Nothing was heard of Dimples from then on until 1960 when news came out that she committed suicide. She had an overdose of barbiturates. And what about the general? MacArthur married Jean Faircloth in 1937 when he was serving as military adviser to the Philippine government.
|Jean and Douglas MacArthur (historic images)|
|General MacArthur with wife Jean and son Arthur IV visiting the Philippines in 1950 (g'gle; caption is mine)|
Now, all these years that Dimples was staying in California, was there a time that she met the illustrious general? Did they meet for old times' sake? Wait, let me ask my barber. He certainly knows. And then I'll let you know. Okay?
|General MacArhur's memorabilia (macarthur memorial)|
|General MacArthur's staff car in Tokyo (nepaidpascores)|
|President Quezon provided General MacArthur with a service vehicle with plate #1 while the General was serving as adviser to the Phil. Government. The vintage car is now on display at Baler Park. (timawa pic; caption is mine.)|
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