" I Came out of Bataan and I Shall Return " Print Page
Memorial commemorates Douglas Macarthur's historic message to the Australian Press after retreating from the Phillipines during World War Two. He subsequently repeated the line "I shall return" in a number of other speeches, in a number of other places.
Douglas McArthur arrived at Terowie Railway Station and much to MacArthur`s surprise his "secret" arrival in Terowie was not so secret. A huge cheer went up from the locals who had gathered when he left the train.
General MacArthur responded by striding towards an opening between a line of railway carriages and saluted the people of Terowie on the other side of the carriages and some passengers on a nearby train. MacArthur was dressed in a loose hanging jacket and slacks and wore no decorations or insignia except for a laurel wreathed peak on his cap and another emblem.
On being asked if his would reach the United States he said:- "The President of the United States ordered me to break through the Japanese lines and proceed to Corregidor to Australia for the purpose, as I understand it, of organising an American offensive against Japan, the primary purpose of which is the relief of the Philippines. I came through and I shall return."
|Address:||Railway Station, Terowie, 5421|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.150403|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||20-March-1942|
|Actual Event End Date:||20-March-1942|
" I CAME OUT OF BATAAN AND I SHALL RETURN"
This historic message that echoed around the world was given on this spot by US General Douglas MacArthur at his first press interview in Australia, 20.3.1942