Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Remembering: Eisenhower

March 28, 1969 Dwight D. Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth President of the United States, dies at the age of 78.

Born in Denison, Texas he graduated from West Point in 1915. Serving in WWI and throughout the peace time, he rose through the ranks, and was made the general in charge of US European operations in WWII.

Eisenhower never actually commanded troops in the field. However as supreme commander of all allied troops he organized and supervised all planning. He was the man responsible for keeping the allied troops as a united front.

After the war he became the first commander of NATO. But it wasn't long til the country was calling for him to be President. And so in 1952, running as a Republican, Ike won a definitive victory. He would be reelected in 1956, with an even bigger margin. His terms saw economic growth and he kept the country strong as the Cold War grew.

He would later retire to his farm in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After he died, his body was placed in a family cemetery in Abilene, Kansas.