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Dwight David Eisenhower

When World War II began in 1939, Dwight D. Eisenhower was a little-known Lieutenant Colonel. Four years later, he became Supreme Commander of the Allied armies in Europe. He united these armies into a fighting force that smashed Nazi Germany's dream of world conquest. He subsequently served as the first military commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. In 1953, Eisenhower became the first Republican President in 20 years.

Chronology of His Life and Career

  Oct 14, 1890 Born in Denison, Texas.
a very young Dwight Eisenhower 1892 Moved with his family to Abilene, Kansas
Eisenhower's High School Portrait 1909 Graduated from high school.
Cadet Eisenhower played football while at West Point 1915 Graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Lieutenant Eisenhower on his wedding day July 1, 1916 Married Mamie Geneva Doud.
  1918 Awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work as commander of the tank training center at Camp Colt, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  1922-1924 Served as executive director of Camp Gaillard in the Panama Canal Zone.
Major Eisenhower Comes Home For A Visit 1926 Graduated as a Major from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
  1928 Graduated from the Army War College in Washington, D.C.
  1933 Became an aide to General Douglas MacArthur.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower 1941 Promoted to Colonel, then to Brigadier General.
  1942 Named commanding general of American forces in the European Theater of Operations.
  1943 Named supreme commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force in Europe.
General Eisenhower talks to troops before D-Day June 6, 1944 Led the Allied invasion of Europe.
  1945 Named Army Chief of Staff.
57th Birthday 1947 Celebrated his 57th birthday.
Eisenhower as President of Columbia University 1948 Became president of Columbia University.
  1950 Named supreme commander of NATO forces in Europe.
The Only Private Home the Eisenhowers Ever Owned 1950 Bought a farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon celebrate their 1952 nominations
President Eisenhower
1952 Elected President of the United States.
  1954 The Eisenhower Museum was dedicated in Abilene.
  1956 Re-elected President.
1958 1958 Underwent his annual physical examination.
Library Dedication 1959 Ground was broken for the Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene.
  1961 Retired to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
  1965 Suffered a mild heart attack.
Former President Eisenhower Celebrates His 78th Birthday 1968 Suffered four heart attacks.
  Mar 28, 1969 Died in a hospital in Washington, D.C.

Notes and Trivia

Eisenhower was named David Dwight at birth, but his parents almost always called him Dwight; by the time he reached high school he had reversed his names.

In grade school, Dwight's older brother Edgar was nicknamed "Big Ike" and Dwight became "Little Ike." How the Eisenhower brothers' classmates came up with the "Ike" moniker is not known, but Dwight continued to be called "Ike" most of his life.

Link of Interest

Eisenhower National Historical Site

See Also

World War II
Abilene, Kansas
Douglas MacArthur

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