Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Douglas MacArthur (18801964)
I shall return.
General DOUGLAS MACARTHUR. After leaving the Philippines March 12, 1942, he later arrived in Australia. When he was pressed by reporters, General MacArthur issued the following statement: The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed from Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organizing the American offensive against Japan, a primary object of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return.Representative Speeches of General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, p. vi (1964). Senate Doc. 8895.