Skip to comments.John Eisenhower, Historian and Ike's Son, Dies
Posted on 12/21/2013 8:17:55 PM PST by EveningStar
John S.D. Eisenhower, the son of a five-star general turned president who forged his own career in the U.S. Army and then chronicled the history of the American military in numerous books, died Saturday. He was 91.
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may the angels sing him home
Family relationships, genealogy if you will, connects us more closely than we all realize. We are but a scant 10 generations or so from the founding of this country. I can remember my great grandfather, who theoretically could remember HIS grandfather, who dated from the eighteenth century.
Thats funny. He was born in north texas.
Father and son served the nation well. I hope that there are more like them in the family line.
yep, on October 14th
Thats funny. He was born in north texas.
Hmmm. Maybe your weren't really in Kansas anymore, GSC. Something not right ;-)
Go back and ask for a refund. Then drive North on US 75 from Dallas toward the Oklahoma line to get to where you want to go.
Ike was a great general in his time. He was no friend of Joe McCarthy, however. He folded as a President.
So far from God is one of the best books on Military History I have ever read. I highly recommend it. May the Angels welcome him with open arms.
Visit the Eisenhower farm at Gettsyburg. A tour of the house and grounds, left me with some lasting impressions of the man.The Ike I have in mind was much like many retired army colonels of the Brown shoe era. Strong-willed, intellectually tough, and plain in their tastes.
I know he was raised in kansas. But born in denison, tx. I toured the house. Awesome to see. Ended hislife on his farm in gettysburg ,pa. Just learned that this summer when we visited there. The man got around!
Ike Eisenhower’s family were members of a pacifist sect; they moved from Penn. to Texas to avoid the civil war. After Ike was born, ironically he applied to West Point for its free education.
His mother remained a pacifist all during WWI, passing out leaflets, etc. It is possible that the reason he was never sent overseas during that war is because he was considered suspect by government—pacifism, German ancestry, etc.
Had he not returned to the states from the Philippines, he might have ended up with Gen. Wainwright’s job—surrendering; and been stuck in a prison camp for the next four years.
From the Wiki Article: “A lifelong Republican, Eisenhower became independent and voted for Democrat John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential election, citing dissatisfaction with Republican incumbent George W. Bush’s management of U.S. foreign policy.”
What the hell does this have to do with his life?
That’s a big black mark, voting for a traitor. Perhaps due to senility.
The Bitter Woods: The Battle of the Bulge
I consider it a must-have for any student of the Ardennes campaign.
On this date in 1944 (69 years ago), the poor German bastards had been drawn into the 101st Airborne's clever Bastogne trap, and had them surrounded.
His family went to Denison TX and failed in a business, if I recall correctly, and he was born at this time. The family went back to Abilene, Kansas shortly thereafter. I’ve toured the home there in Abilene. He and his wife Mamie are buried on the grounds there.
My mother's uncle, as a boy, climbed a telegraph pole to watch Lincoln's funeral procession pass buy in Upstate NY.
Yes, great book (see my post #19). I'll have to check it for a mention of Lieutenant Lyle "Failboy" Bouck, who believed for a significant portion of his life that his command of his I&R infantry platoon was a failure, because his 18 men were only able to hold off and delay an entire German Panzer Army for a day.
Battle of Lanzerath Ridge
Lyle "Unbelievable Bad-ass" Bouck just turned 90.
That’s just what I mean. American history spans just over the living memory of two or three lifetimes. It is just the twinkling of an eye compared to the totality of human existence. Maybe an anomaly. Great story. I love those kind of things. I read Bill James. He wrote in the nineties that there might still be people alive that saw Cap Anson play.
It contained all of Ike's papers.
I was not a history buff at the time, but NOW I'd like to have a look at them.
Back then the papers were under lock and key.
I remember the door leading to the goods.
Wish I was more "curious".
I'll never get so close again.
Seems like EVERY election cycle we're treated to what ever Eisenhower grandchild "thinks" about the republican party.
And it's ALWAYS how "awful" the modern day republicans are.
True enough, one would suppose. What doesn't get much talk now is that on this date in 1944, the 28th Division, PA national guard, had already been pretty much destroyed in action while delaying the Nazi advance east of Bastogne.
If it hadn't been for the sacrifice made by the 28th and few other divisions against an entire German army corps, there wouldn't have been a Bastogne for the 101st to defend.
And even funnier, despite having just won the biggest war in recorded history, Ike didn't have a birth certificate until it was an October surprise (Wednesday, October 1, 1952).
"To Save Bastogne", Robert Phillips:
"Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible ", John C. McManus:
Along those same lines, the last known "Civil War" widow died in 2008. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maudie_Hopkins
That’s the kind of obvious crap that Leftist history types stick in Wikipedia. Think about how much goes unnoticed.
Ignore my previous, I was thinking Ike, not son of Ike. This is why I try not to post before coffee.
Ike was born in Dennison, Texas, not Kansas although his library is in Kansas.
Ike was born in Denison, Texas but Abilene Kansas was his boyhood home until he went to West Point. He considered himself a Kansan.
In Abilene: Eisenhower Museum, Eisenhower Library, Boyhood home, Final resting place of Ike, Mamie, and an infant child. All in one location. Then over at the Abilene cemetery are the graves of his parents.
Nothing to do with it. Early in the war, he was charged with organizing and training the US Army's first tank brigade which was located at Camp Colt, located on the Gettysburg battlefield. Ike was later given orders to go to France but the Armistice was signed before he got there.
Not true. Ike's ancestors lived in Pennsylvania since the mid 1700's. Ike's father moved from Pennsylvania to Kansas in 1880. He was a college educated engineer and owned a General Store in Kansas, which went bankrupt. He moved to Texas in 1889 where Ike was born in 1890. The family returned to Kansas in 1892 when Ike was still a toddler.
As a kid in 1960, I attended the Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, and still remember Ike’s drive-thru for all the lads. He was sitting atop the back seat of an open convertible like you might see in one of today’s parades down Main Street.
Thanks for sharing, I love family history stories like that. During the Civil War, some Confederate cavalry under Col. John Hunt Morgan invaded Indiana and Ohio. During what became known as Morgan’s Raid some Confederate soldiers camped out on my ancestors farm. They were generally well behaved, but they did help themselves to the smokehouse, according to family tradition. Col. Morgan would be captured, escape and return to duty, and then be killed in combat before the war ended.