Was Dwight D. Eisenhower an ordinary president?

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What do you think of when you hear the name, Dwight D. Eisenhower? Most people think of him as just a president and nothing else, but he was also one of or maybe the greatest generals of all time. Dwight D Eisenhower was our thirty-fourth president, serving from 1953 to 1961. He was born in Texas in 1890, and brought up in Abilene, Kansas. He was very good in sports in High School and received an appointment to West Point.

In 1909, Dwight D. Eisenhower graduated from Abilene High School. After he got out of high school, he got an invitation to enter West Point Military Academy. He did not want to be in the Army; however he learned that by attending West Point he could get a college education.

In 1917, when the United States entered World War I, he was being picked to be a captain, and he was assigned to training duty at Fort Oglethorpe and also Fort Leavenworth as an instructor in officer courses.

Later he commanded 6,000 men at Tank Training Center at Camp Colt, near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Even though he never went overseas, he was given the "Distinguished Service Medal" for his work.

After the war he was reverted to rank of captain and soon after, he advanced to major and commanded the 301st Tank Battalion. After he returned to the United States, he attended the Command and General Staff School. After graduation, he entered the Army War College. After this, he went on to serve in the Office as the Chief of Staff as assistant to General Douglas MacArthur.

World War II began in Europe in 1939. On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the next day the United States entered World War II against the Axis Powers. A...