In 1969, Dwight Eisenhower, five-
star general and former president,
passed away at Walter Reed Army
Hospital. He was laid to rest in a
chapel at his presidential center
called the Place of Meditation.
After World War II ended "Ike"
tried to steer clear of politics, but
he was eventually drawn in. He was
elected president twice, defeating
Democratic candidate Adlai Stevenson
II in both 1952 and 1956.
Interred at the president's side are his wife
and their son, Doud, who died of scarlet
fever at age three. Excepts from several
of Eisenhower's speeches are inscribed on
the walls that surround his grave.
At birth the president's first name was David,
but his mother later switched his first and
middle names so he would not be confused
with his father, also named David.
*** Interesting Facts ***
* Throughout his time at West Point, Ike was known for his practical jokes and rambunctious antics. One such antic occurred early in Eisenhower's military career: Private Eisenhower and a close comrade were ordered by a barely superior corporal to present themselves to him while wearing their dress coats. Figuring that they might as well get a good laugh out of the situation, the pair presented themselves to the corporal as ordered, wearing their dress coats. However, that was all they were wearing. Their dress coats only covered their torsos, so it was clearly visible that the two were nude from the waist down.
* Ike was one of only five people in the history of the United States to be a 5-star General of the Army. The other four were George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Henry Arnold, and Omar Bradley. For a short period of time, Eisenhower was the president with the highest military ranking, as the position of 5-star general had only been around since 1944. Both George Washington and Ulysses Grant were surpassed by the World War II Generals of the Army. In 1976, the year of the bicentennial, President Ford posthumously awarded George Washington the rank of General of the Armies of the United States, making him the highest ranking officer in the history of America.
* Eisenhower's grandson, David Eisenhower, married Julie Nixon, the daughter of Eisenhower's vice president. David is the namesake of Camp David, the renowned presidential retreat.
First Lady: Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower
- Spouse: Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower (m. 1916-1969)
Political Party: Republican Party
Vice President: Richard Milhous Nixon
Last Words: "I've always loved my wife, my children, and my grandchildren, and I've always loved my country. I want to go. God take me."
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