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World War II & General Eisenhower

Sep 1, 1939 – Sep 2, 1945
Before Dwight D. Eisenhower became President, he was a five-star general in the United States Army and served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe. Despite his many medals and awards, he preferred the attention to be directed to the troops he led. The Eisenhower Foundation presents Ike’s Soldiers, a program dedicated to honoring the stories and personal accounts of veterans of World War II. This program provides students, teachers, historians and citizens of the world the opportunity to become part of history by collecting and submitting personal accounts by veterans of World War II to the Eisenhower Foundation’s “Ike’s Soldiers” database. By doing so, we honor the soldiers that led us to one of the biggest victories in world history and provide future generations with the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts about the experience. Ike would like that! We’ve collected hundreds of interviews and artifacts from American heroes who fought during World War II and served under the leadership of General Eisenhower. Browse our database of stories.
 
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"I do not differentiate among soldiers. I do not say white soldiers or Negro soldiers, and I do not say American or British soldiers. To my mind I have had a task in this war that makes me look upon soldiers as soldiers."

-Dwight D. Eisenhower, as General of the Army, press conference, Paris, France, June 16, 1945 January 3, 2019

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OUR MISSION

The mission of Ike’s Soldiers is to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower’s legacy through the compelling stories of the soldiers he led and share them with the world through IKEducation programs and digital and media platforms.
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Easily search through hundreds of stories and profiles of soldiers who fought during World War II using our unique database of information and video interviews

FEATURED SOLDIERS

FEATURED

Dole

Robert "Bob"

- Army -

10th Mountain Division

SERVED

November 1944 — July 1948

SOLDIER'S PAGE

FEATURED

Carroll

Jack

- Navy -

USS Decker

SERVED

July 1943 — March 1946

SOLDIER'S PAGE

FEATURED

Carswell

Richard

- Army -

10th Armored Division

SERVED

August 1944 — December 1945

SOLDIER'S PAGE

FEATURED

Seki

Don

- Army -

442 Infantry Regiment "Go For

SERVED

March 1943 — December 1946

SOLDIER'S PAGE

FEATURED

Adams

Lemuel

- Army -

242 CAC (Patton's Army)

SERVED

January 1970 — January 1970

SOLDIER'S PAGE

FEATURED

Teasley

Warren

- Navy -

Daniel A. Joy, D.E. 585

SERVED

November 1943 — April 1946

SOLDIER'S PAGE

30TH INFANTRY DIVISION “OLD HICKORY”

 

Soldier. Hero. Philanthropist.

Among the stories, the 30th Infantry Division, aka “Old Hickory,” were one of hundreds of troops that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day +4, which was June 10, 1944. During combat, the “Workhorse of the Western Front,” were known for their consistent vigor and the tremendous pressure that they exerted on Hitler’s “elite” 1st SS Division. Among the soldiers was Frank Denius. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, received two purple hearts, four silver stars, and represents the very best of our nation’s citizen soldiers. We thank the members of “Old Hickory” and The Cain Foundation for their generous donations and support!

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George Hamm
Served in WWII with the 30th Infantry Division, NCNG Public Affairs

Knox Holder
Served in WWII with the 30th Infantry Division, NCNG Public Affairs

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30th Infantry Division, NCNG Public Affairs

 
 

Honor and Distinction.

The 30th Infantry Division was recognized by Colonel S.L.A. Marshall for their most efficient and consistent battle service. “Now that I am leaving the service, I thought it might be well to give you the following information we picked the 30th Division No. 1 on the list of first category divisions.…”

READ THE FULL LETTER HERE

Cain Foundation

The Cain Foundation in honor and recognition of the veterans of World War II, like the exemplary service of the 30th Infantry Division, graciously donated the funds to create this program. We thank you for your generous donation.

Support Our Cause

The mission of the Eisenhower Foundation is to honor and champion the relevance today of the life and leadership of Dwight D. Eisenhower through compelling programs and events that celebrate his legacy. Donations to the Eisenhower Foundation provide funding to support programs like Ike’s Soldiers and the exhibits, educational programs, and community events at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

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