Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, December 8, 2017

Douglas MacArthur's Footlocker

Contributed by Steve Miller

Regular contributor Steve Miller is a documentarian of World War One locales, including museums.  Here we have a revealing composite of photos Steve took at the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Virginia. It shows a blowup of the general's identity card with photo and the contents of his footlocker. The locker contains some interesting items: a uniform with Sam Browne belt; sewing kit; personal file of 83rd Brigade of the 42nd Division that MacArthur served in and commanded briefly; a razor set; a cigarette case presented to the general by his troops; identity card; Catholic and Jewish prayer books; first issue of Stars and Stripes newspaper; the pamphlets "Use of Mines in Trench Warfare," "Bayonet Training," and "Infantry Drill Regulations;" books: Minor Tactics, Richard Harding Davis's novel Captain Macklin's Memoirs, The Cavalry, and two volumes of Napoleon's writings.


  1. Very nice; you would like to think he used all of that...

  2. Steve Miller does a great job documenting WWI history with his camera!! He should have his own website.

    1. Thanks, Doug, but I really don't have the time. My interest in WW I stems from a college history course which made me realize the Great War was the event that shaped the 20th Century; we continue to feel its influence today.

      I visit these sites out of interest. What good are monuments and memorials if no one visits them?

      Steve Miller

  3. Fascinating museum and well worth the visit. We live in Virginia Beach and have been there a couple of times.