World War II hero Gen. Douglas MacArthur retired on this day, April 19, 1951. He was supreme allied commander in the Pacific, receiving Japan's surrender. He served in France during World War I, was superintendent of West Point and the youngest man to be Army chief of staff. He commanded the U.N. forces during the war with North Korea, but was dismissed by President Truman for not fighting a "limited war." Douglas MacArthur remarked: "Like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who has tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty."