Eisenhower hears about MacArthur's firing, 1951

Francis "Red" Grandy had only been working at Stars and Stripes for a few weeks in 1951 when he took a famous photo of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower learning about the firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In a 2012 interview, Grandy tells how it happened.
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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 31, 2018

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Koblenz, West Germany, April, 1951: Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Dwight Eisenhower reacts as he hears the news that Gen. Douglas MacArthur has been relieved of his command in the Far East by President Harry S Truman. "Well, I'll be darned," Eisenhower said. Stars and Stripes photographer Red Grandy had heard of MacArthur's firing at lunchtime, and was ready with his bulky Speed Graphic camera — which allowed only one photo to be taken at a time — to capture Eisenhower's reaction.


Grandy — still a probationary employee since his hiring a few weeks earlier — was the only photographer who managed to capture the moment, and it helped him earn a permanent job on the Stars and Stripes staff that was to last for 36 years. The photo ran in Life magazine and several other international outlets, and was selected by the Associated Press as 1951's photo of the year.

Stars and Stripes' 1976 background story about the famous photo.
Photographer Red Grandy's August, 2018 obituary.

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