Dwight D Eisenhower
History proves Dwight D Eisenhower was one of our best generals because of his level head when put under pressure and his ability to come up with a plan that was straight to the point and was well planned out.
It was tense in the war room, everyone was holding their breath waiting for reports of the landings on Normandy. I imagine a few were smoking cigarettes, trying to calm their nerves but the one waiting with the most anticipation was probably Dwight D Eisenhower. The one who came up with the plan to attempt to land on the beaches of Normandy. Code named Overlord. What would Dwight say to the press if the plan failed ...view middle of the document...
While one worked for the funds the other went to collage.
Edgar went to collage first while Dwight got a job at Belle Springs Creamery as a night supervisor. Edgar asked for a second year and Dwight consented and worked a second year. At the time he had a friend that was joining the Naval Academy, he urged Dwight to join with him since no schooling was needed. Dwight was torn between the Naval Academy or West Point. But even though Dwight was one of the the winners of the entrance exam competition, he was past the age limit for the naval academy. He accepted an appointment to West point in 1911. After graduation in 1915 he requested to be sent to the Philippines which was denied. He was initially put with the infantry to help with supplies. When the US entered World War 1, he requested to be shipped overseas. Dwight was again denied and was sent to Fort Leavenworth Kansas. From there in February 1918, he was sent to camp Meade in Maryland. And once again Dwight became excited when the unit he commanded, was ordered to France and but again his wishes were thwarted when the armistice was signed on November 11 1918, just a week before leaving which left Dwight sad, bitter and depressed. After the war he was returned to his normal rank of caption but a few days later he was promoted to the rank of major which he kept for 16 years.
Dwight met and fell in love with Mamie Geneva Doud of Boone, of Iowa while he was stationed in Texas. He and her family were immediately taken with one another. Dwight proposed to Mamie on Valentine's Day in 1916. A November wedding date in Denver was changed to July 1 due to the possible US entry into World War I.
Dwight and Mamie had two sons. Doud Dwight "Icky" Eisenhower was born September 24, 1917, and died of scarlet fever on January 2, 1921, at the age of three. They had hired a personal maid to take care Doud while Dwight wasn’t around but they didn’t know that she had just recovered from scarlet fever thus spreading it to Doud resulting in his death. Dwight didn’t talk about his son’s death very often. Their second son, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, was born on August 3, 1922 while they were in Panama.
Eisenhower was a golf lover later in his life. He played golf very frequently during and after his presidency and was not held back in expressing his love for the game, to the point of even golfing during the winter, and ordered his golf balls to be painted black so he could see them better against snow on the ground. He had a small, pretty basic golf facility made at Camp David.
After golf, oil painting was Dwight’s second hobby. He painted around 260 oils during the last 20 years of his life mostly to relax, he mostly painted landscapes but he also did some portraits of people such as Mamie, their grandchildren, General Montgomery, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.
On December 7, 1941 Japan made a fatal mistake. They got a bit to greedy in the Pacific. When they attacked Pearl Harbor thinking they...