The phrase old soldiers never die (they simply fade away) means that, although soldiers may live into old age, their lives and accomplishments fade into oblivion.
– In recognition of his status as one of the nation’s greatest living military leaders, Congress asked MacArthur to address a joint session on 19 April 1951. His speech, reproduced here, is best known for its final lines in which he quoted an old army ballad: “‘Old soldiers never die–they just fade away.
The British soldier Frank Richards published his mémoire of the Great War, called Old Soldiers Never Die , in 1933.
“Old soldiers never die” is an English language catchphrase, with the full version being “Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away”.
Upon his arrival, MacArthur gave a speech in which he famously promised “I shall return” to the Philippines. After more than two years of fighting in the Pacific, he fulfilled that promise. For his defense of the Philippines, MacArthur was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Douglas MacArthur , also earned the Medal of Honor for his actions in World War II, making them one of only two father-son duos to do so.