8 December 2015
MacARTHUR, Douglas (1880-1964), General. Typed letter signed (“Douglas MacArthur”), to Dr. C. J. Spain, 7 October 1945. 1 page, 4to, stationery of General Headquarters, United States Army Forces, Pacific. With black and white photo of Capt. Carrol H. Spain,in dress uniform, and a MacArthur lapel pin.
A MOVING LETTER OF CONDOLENCE TO A FATHER WHOSE SON “GAVE HIS LIFE THAT OTHERS MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM.”
“My sincere and deep sympathy goes out to you in the death of your son, Captain Carrol H. Spain, while fighting for his country in my command. A brave soldier, his service showed a high order of devotion to the cause he considered just and great. We, here, mourn the loss of a gallant comrade in arms. May you find solace in the knowledge that he gave his life that others might live in freedom.” A fine and moving letter from the great Pacific theatre commander-in-chief.
This is the only MacArthur letter to come to auction in the past 40 years dealing with World War II and offering condolences to the bereaved family of a fallen soldier. The only other example in this subject matter was a circular letter (Christie's, 5 December 1991, lot 85).
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