Douglas MacArthur (January 26, 1880April 5, 1964) was a Human who lived on Earth during the 19th and 20th centuries. MacArthur played a key commanding officer role in the United States' effort in World War II, one of only a handful of generals to reach the high rank of general of the army.

He was known for speaking the words at the conclusion of that costly war: "Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we've won in war." Four hundred thirty years later, Admiral William Ross quoted these words following the signing of the peace treaty between the Federation Alliance and the Dominion at the conclusion of the Dominion War. (DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind", DS9 short story: "Requital")

MacArthur was not identified by name, but was implied by both Ross' description and direct quotation. The quote came from remarks made on board USS Missouri on September 2, 1945 after the signing of the surrender of Japan's empire.

MacArthur also said: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away". (TOS novel: Mind Meld)

Federation starships bearing the name USS MacArthur have been christened in honor of General MacArthur's accomplishments, as has the MacArthur star system.

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