World War II & General EisenhowerSep 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.
OUR MISSIONThe 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
Interested in browsing the database of Ike’s Soldiers? Don’t hesitate. Each story is unique and special. We’ve earmarked a handful of interviews for you that we found especially interesting.
- Army -
10th Mountain Division, 85th R
December 1942 — July 1948
- Navy -
July 1943 — March 1946
- Army -
10th Armored Division
August 1944 — December 1945
- Army -
442 Infantry Regiment "Go For
March 1943 — December 1946
- Army -
242 CAC (Patton's Army)
January 1970 — January 1970
- Navy -
Daniel A. Joy, D.E. 585
November 1943 — April 1946
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!
MORE OLD HICKORY INFORMATION
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.…”
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Cain FoundationThe 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.
Crown FamilyThe Crown Family (Chicago, IL) provided a grant in honor of Colonel Henry Crown (1896-1990), whose wartime efforts as a procurement officer earned him the Legion of Merit for saving America and her Allies hundreds of millions of dollars.
Other support provided by: Fidelity Foundation.