Dwight David Eisenhower, or “Ike” as he was affectionately known, was the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961. As a five-star general in the United States Army during World War II he served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe and had the responsibility for planning the invasion of North Africa in Operation Torch in 1942–1943 as well as the invasion of France and Germany in 1944–1945 from the Western Front. In 1951, he became the first supreme commander of NATO. In 1952, we was elected President in a landslide victory, running as a Republican defeating Democrat Adlai Stevenson on a platform against “Communism, Korea and corruption”. Eisenhower is perhaps best known politically for deposing the leader of Iran in the 1953 Iranian coup d’état and using nuclear threats to bring an end to the Korean War. As he was playing catch-up in the space race after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik in 1957, Dwight forced Israel, England and France to end their invasion of Egypt during the Suez Crisis of 1956. He may be best known domestically for developing the Interstate Highway System. Enjoy this special 4th of July holiday quotation from Dwight D. Eisenhower:

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. 

~Dwight D. Eisenhower

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