Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 25, 1942: Eisenhower assumes command


Dwight Eisenhower was one of the giants of the 20th century:
“On this day in 1942, General Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes commander of all U.S. troops in the European theater of World War II, continuing the steady ascent in military rank that would culminate in his appointment as supreme Allied commander of all forces in Europe in 1943. As U.S. commander, Ike developed diplomatic skills that he would later employ as America’s 34th president.
U.S. Army military historians Carl Vuono and M.P.W. Stone have described Eisenhower as a dynamic leader who successfully planned and oversaw military strategy in a complex global environment. These qualities came in handy when Eisenhower was elected president in 1952. The Cold War between democratic and communist nations was in full swing and Eisenhower’s ability to form cooperative relationships, his military experience and calm demeanor reassured anxious Americans.”
Ike, as he was called, was one of those men who comes along at the right time in a country’s history.   His work as a military man was exceptional.   His quiet and stable presidency was exactly what the nation needed after World War II and Korea.


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