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Like the old soldier of the ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty. Goodbye.
Douglas MacArthur (1880–1964), U.S. general. Speech, April 19, 1951, to Congress.

on his dismissal from command of U.N. forces in Korea, for dissenting with the Truman administration's conduct of the war. Truman called the speech "nothing but a bunch of damn bullshit," in Merle Miller, Plain Speaking: Conversations with Harry S Truman, ch. 25 (1973). The "ballad" referred to by MacArthur was a popular barrack-room ditty, which originated in a British army World War I song.
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