The MacArthur Memorial is located in Norfolk, VA – the hometown of General Douglas MacArthur’s mother – Mary Hardy. MacArthur himself was born in Little Rock, AR and as the child of a career Army officer, he spent most of his youth moving from post to post. So what place was most like a hometown for him? Was it Norfolk (as he sometimes claimed)? Was it Little Rock? Was it a military fort in the American West where his family had good memories? Was it Manila where his son was born?
If you are thinking Milwaukee, WI – you are correct. That is the place with the longest, most significant, multigenerational MacArthur family connection. Arthur MacArthur Sr., Arthur MacArthur Jr., and Douglas MacArthur all lived in the city at various times in their lives and were all honored as citizens of the city.
Join MacArthur Memorial historians Jim Zobel and Amanda Williams for a discussion of the MacArthur family and their fascinating connection to Milwaukee.
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