General of the Army



Douglas MacArthur


Sets Forth his Creed for Soldiers



(September, 1935)


The Lord Almighty, merciful and all wise, does not absolutely protect those who unreasonably fail to contribute to their own safety.   But he does help those who to the limit of their understanding and ability help themselves.  The Military Code has come down to us from even before the age of Knighthood and chivalry.   It embraces the highest moral laws and will stand the test of any ethics or philosophies ever promulgated for the uplift of mankind.  Its requirements are for the things that are right and its restraints are from the things that are wrong.   Its observance will uplift everyone who comes


under its influence. The soldier, above all other men is required to perform the highest act of religious teaching -- sacrifice.   In battle and in the face of danger and death he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave to him.   He created man in his own image.   No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the divine annunciation and spiritual uplift which will alone sustain him.    However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind.


Douglas MacArthur

General, Chief of Staff, U. S.  Army

Sep. 1935