From the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History:
January 22, 2013, Little Rock, AR - On Saturday, January 26, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History will host Dr. Paul Fair, one of the last surviving members of the honor guard which protected General Douglas MacArthur and his family during World War II. Dr. Fair, a native of Okolona, is also the only member of the original honor guard to come from Arkansas.
When Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines from Australia in October 1944 and American forces captured Manila in early 1945, it became necessary to establish a group to protect the General, his family and staff, and visiting dignitaries. In May 1945, a rigid selection process began to build Company E (later renamed to Honor Guard Company). The men's duties included guarding the offices of MacArthur and his staff at City Hall, as well as Casa Blanca, the General's home. One of Company E's assignments was to guard the Japanese delegation that came to confer with MacArthur about the occupation of Japan and the signing of formal surrender papers.
On March 9, 1946, Company E was officially renamed the Honor Guard Company. Between its inception and April 1951, when General MacArthur was relieved of command by President Truman during the Korean War, about 2,000 men had served in the Honor Guard.
Saturday, January 26, is also the 133rd birthday of General Douglas MacArthur, who was born on that date in 1880 in the Arsenal Building, now home to the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History. To celebrate the General's birth date, the museum will serve cake and refreshments to the public preceding the talk by Dr. Paul Fair.
This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments served at noon and Dr. Fair to speak at 1:00 p.m.
The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History relates the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse and widespread audience. Located in the historic Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park - one of Central Arkansas's oldest surviving structures and the birthplace of one of this country's foremost military heroes - the museum collects, preserves, and interprets our state's rich military past from its territorial period to the present.