(Dwight D. Eisenhower – World War I)
Welcome to another installment of Factual Friday!
Today is the 45th anniversary of the death of our country’s 34th President.
When thinking of Dwight D. Eisenhower, most people think several things: President, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during WWII, or the expressway system. However, most often overlooked is his service during WWI and that’s because he didn’t actually see any action.
Eisenhower graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1915. He then spent two years with the 19th Infantry in Texas. Then, as the U.S. was mobilizing for World War I, he spent time training troops that would go off to fight in the battles in Europe. He was serving with 65th Engineers when they were assigned to go overseas but he was transferred to the new Tank Corps before the Engineers left for France. One week prior to being sent overseas with his Tank Corps unit, the war ended. He was stateside for all of the war.
Since he went on to become the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II, most people often overlook this part of his life. You can read more about his military career here, his presidency here, and his impact on the expressway system here.