General Douglas MacArthur was a man who kept his promises. During World War 2, he was forced to flee the Philippines due to the Axis powers advancing. “Deeply disappointed, he issued a statement to the press in which he promised his men and the people of the Philippines, ‘I shall return.’ The promise would become his mantra during the next two and a half years, and he would repeat it often in public appearances. … On October 20, 1944, a few hours after his troops landed, MacArthur waded ashore onto the Philippine Island of Leyte. That day, he made a radio broadcast in which he declared, ‘People of the Philippines, I have returned!’” (“General MacArthur Leaves Corregidor,” This Day in History,, March 11,