General MacArthur and the Yamashita Decision September 1944 - February 1946. Senior Leadership Ethical Case Study for the Department of Command Leadership and Management
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper presents a case study of senior military leaders ethics in the decision making process. Specifically, General MacArthurs decision to try and subsequently execute General Yamashita for war crimes during WW II is documented for critical review and discussion of the importance of a professional senior military leaders responsibility to formulate decisions based on ethical and moral foundations. The case study is designed as an educational tool for use in the seminar environment. Yamashitas trial is presented to establish the setting and build a foundation for reader familiarization with the facts, as captured in historical documentation, of the situation in the Phillippines during WW II that led to MacArthurs decision against Yamashita. The Supreme Courts review, the dissenting opinion of two of its justices, and MacArthurs Staff Judge Advocates review provide additional insight into the factors surrounding MacArthurs decision. General MacArthurs decision is analyzed with emphasis on possible influences of his personal convictions at the time.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law