WASHINGTON, July 26 (U.P.) -- Gen. Douglas A. MacArthur, 61-year-old former chief of staff, today was placed in command of a new army component to be known as the U.S. army forces in the Far East.
MacArthur, who has been military adviser to the Philippine commonwealth since 1935, will head all U.S. army forces as well as the Philippine military groups.
MacArthur will have the rank of temporary lieutenant general.
Under President Roosevelt's order, MacArthur will not take over direction of the Philippine naval activities. These will be handled by Rear Admiral H.M. Bemis, commandant of the 16th naval district and of the Cavite, P.I., navy yard.