Double Victory: Minorities and Women During World War II
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Jonathan Wainwright with Douglas MacArthur



The most famous of the "Battling Bastards of Bataan," Jonathan Wainwright (right), seen here with Gen. Douglas MacArthur, was a tough, professional soldier who led a heroic defense of the Philippines in the early days of World War II. His tenacious stand became a symbol of defiance at a time of national calamity. Despite authorizing the largest surrender in American history, Wainwright nonetheless became a national hero, and he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor following his release.

[National Archives]

 

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