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Life: Carl Mydans Returning with MacArthur


In 1944, I was in France when I got a coded message from Life magazine that spelled out in bright letters to me: MacArthur was returning to the Philippines. By the time I got to Leyte, though, the landing was over and a picture of MacArthur coming ashore there had already been made and published. While the last of the battle for Leyte was still being fought, MacArthur’s public information officer called us together and said, “MacArthur will go to the Luzon assault on the U.S.S. Boise.” I was the only still photographer, except for the military, on the U.S.S. Boise. I was loaded into the same landing craft with MacArthur, and I went ashore with him.

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