Abilene, Kansas was the boyhood home of Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States. After attending West Point, Eisenhower’s assignments took advantage of his skills in organization and planning rather than battlefield leadership.
The Eisenhower Museum explains the progress of the war as Germany battled the Allies on two fronts.
Uniforms, weapons and correspondence brought the history to life.
By 1941 Ike was Chief of Staff of Operations Division with rank of Major General. He was the liaison to the Allied leaders. After Pearl Harbor in 1941 it took two years for the Allies to prepare for an invasion of Europe.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 150,000 men came ashore at Normandy. After eleven months of fighting, victory was declared on November 11 at the 11th hour, VE Day. Eisenhower remained in Europe as Army Chief of Staff overseeing the demobilization of the military.
In 1952 “Everyone Liked Ike”, he won the presidency by 6 million votes. It was a time of economic development and scientific advances. Television broadcast a political convention live for the first time. Space exploration began. The Interstate Highway System was started. Most important of all the Cold War with Russia did not turn into a nuclear war!