Naval War College Review


Such is the image, portrayed by an unknown wartime wag, that the U.S. Navy had of "Dugout Doug" during the Pacific war a publicity hound and strutting blowhard who reckoned himself second only to the Almighty, a landlubbing soldier with no real appreciation of the Navy and its Marine Corps; guilty, more or less, on all counts. But those superficial trappings must be peeled away from the aura surrounding Douglas MacArthur if we are to discover the essence of his strategic thinking, his maritime strategic thinking.