GEN Douglas MacArthurMay 12, 1962: General Douglas MacArthur, Class of 1903, delivered his famous "Duty, Honor, Country" speech as the newest recipient of WPAOG's Thayer Award. The speech was heard by those graduating in the classes 1962 to 1965. Seven years after his speech, MacArthur's statue at West Point, sculpted by Walter Hancock, was dedicated in Sept. 1969 by his widow.

"Duty, Honor, Country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."

To read and listen to the whole speech, visit:

Read GEN MacArthur's Thayer citation here:

Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto, “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.”

Learn more and view recipients:

Other news