Douglas MacArthur was a 20th century American United States Army Army general who participated in World War II.

He was known for speaking the following words at the conclusion of that costly war:

"Today the guns are silent. A great tragedy has ended. We have known the bitterness of defeat and the exultation of triumph, and from both we have learned there can be no turning back. We must go forward to preserve in peace what we've won in war."

Four hundred thirty years later, Admiral William Ross quoted these words following the signing of the peace treaty between the Federation Alliance and the Dominion at the conclusion of the Dominion War. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

MacArthur was not identified by name, but was implied by both Ross' description and direct quotation. The quote came from remarks made on board the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945 after the signing of the surrender of the Japanese Empire.
Furthermore, according to Ron D. Moore, Sisko's departing speech in "Call to Arms" was conceptually inspired by MacArthur's "I Shall Return" proclamation upon departing the Philippines during World War II. (AOL chat, 1997)

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