President of the United States and five-star general Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

(1890 - 1969)

Born in Denison, Texas, the third of seven sons, Dwight D. Eisenhower entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, in 1911, a decision that left his pacifist mother in tears. He went on to become one of the most decorated generals in U.S. military history, serving as supreme commander of the Allied forces in Western Europe during World War II. After retiring from the army in 1952, Eisenhower decided to run for president, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961 with future president Richard Nixon as his vice president. In 1969, at the age of seventy-eight, Eisenhower died in Washington, DC, of congestive heart failure at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

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The true mission of American sports is to prepare young men for war.

—Dwight D. Eisenhower, c. 1952


“Six days, six weeks. I doubt six months,” said Donald Rumsfeld, on February 7, 2003, about the duration of the Iraq war. “Whatever happens in Vietnam, I can conceive of nothing except military victory,” Dwight D. Eisenhower said in 1967. Four years before that, Robert McNamara asserted, “The war in Vietnam is going well and will succeed.”

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