|Mt. Carmel, near
Kobelenz, Germany, on Aprill 11, 1951: General Dwight D. Eisenhower reacts
to the shocking news that President Truman had fired General MacArthur
from his Far East command. General Eisenhower, Commander, Supreme Allied
Powers, Europe (SHAPE) was reviewing French troops in the French sector
of Germany. The news had been broadcast at 10:00AM German time. It was
about 3.5 hours later that Frankfurt AP burearu chief Dick O'Malley asked
Ike if he heard the news about MacArthur. Ike said "No, what happened?"
O'Malley said General MacArthur has been fired by President Truman and
has been replaced by General Ridgeway. With a look of mixed skepticism,
shock and disbelief, Ike looked away from the reporters. Red Grandy, standing
in front of the General, snapped his expression at the right moment with
his 4x5 Speed Graphic camera with flash. After he recovered his composure,
Ike's first words were "Well I'll be darned." The picture was
widely hailed as the outstanding news photo of the year.