A Soldier's Story: General Dwight D. Eisenhower

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was born on October 4, 1890, to David Jacob Eisenhower and Ida Elizabeth Stover.  He was the third of seven boys.   He was raised in Abilene, Kansas.

General Dwight D Eisenhower was appointed to West Point in 1911, graduating in 1915.

During World War I, he commanded a tank training center at Camp Colt and, in 1922, was in the Panama Canal Zone with General Fox Conner.

He graduated from the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, in 1926 and then reported and toured for the War Department until 1929.

With the beginning of World War II,  General Dwight D. Eisenhower became the Chief of Staff of the Third Army, and later, in 1942, became the Commander in Chief of the Allied Forces, commanding Operation Torch and D-Day.  He was also the governor of the US Occupied Zone.

After he retired from active service, General Dwight D. Eisenhower campaigned and won the office of President of the United States, where he is credited with the armistice of Korea, ending the Korean War, the successful handling of the crises in Lebanon and Suez, the development of the Atoms for Peace program, the creation of the US Information Agency.  Alaska and Hawaii were established as states during General Dwight D. Eisenhower's presidency, and he supported the creation of the Interstate Highway System. In addition, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the 1957 Civil Rights Act and established the Civil Rights Commission.

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