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Dwight Eisenhower's Contribution To The US

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Dwight Eisenhower was born on October 14, 1890 to David and Iza Eisenhower in Denison, Texas. Dwight was the third out of seven sons in the Eisenhower household. The family had moved to Denison from Abilene, Kansas before Dwight had been born, but moved back by the time he was a year and a half old. One of Dwight’s younger brothers, Paul, died of diphtheria at the age of only ten months old when Dwight was four, but this terrifying event did not keep Dwight from having bad childhood memories. Nothing too eventful happened for many years until he graduated high school in 1909. He went straight to work with his father and uncle, and he also worked as a firefighter, for the purpose of paying off his younger brother’s college tuition at the University of Michigan.…show more content…
In the early 1940s Eisenhower finally returned home to the United States. For the next two years Eisenhower got assigned to be in California and Washington. In 1941 he got relocated to Fort Sam Houston and he also got elevated to the position of chief of staff of the Third Army. Soon he was given the position of brigadier general because of the leadership he displayed in the Louisiana Maneuvers. Later in the same year he was reassigned to the War Plans division in Washington, D.C. When 1942 came around, he was promoted to major general, and only months later became commander-in-chief of the Allied Forces and he managed Operation Torch, which was the Allied invasion of North Africa. On D-Day, 1944, Dwight directed the Allied Forces in the invasion of Normandy. In December of the same year, he was promoted to five-star rank, one of only five men who have ever gotten this honor. After the invasion of Germany in 1945, he was made the military governor of the U.S. Occupied Zone. Even though he had a very strong military presence and a very high position, he still was quoted as hating war and everything
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