Wednesday, October 12, 2011
IKE LIKED DOGS
Anyway, the Eisenhower family first came to America from Switzerland in the 18th century. Their name was originally Eisenhaur, which is German for "iron striker," but it got misspelled on the emigration papers.
When he was born, Mr. Eisenhower was actually named David Dwight, but he was always called "Dwight," so when he went to the United States Military Academy in 1911, he changed the order of his names. In 1915, he left the Academy with a commission of 2nd lieutenant.
After the war, Gen. Eisenhower became the president of Columbia University in New York, but then he took a leave of absence from that job so that he could be the Supreme Commander of NATO for a while. He retired from active service on May 31, 1952 and went back to being university president, but only for a little while.
President Eisenhower could not run for a third term because the 22nd Amendment had been passed, and it said that presidents could only have two terms in office, and then they had to go find something else to do. President Eisenhower was the first president to have to obey this new law. Also, he was the first president after the Former Presidents Act had been passed, which said that people who used to be presidents could get a pension, a staff, and Secret Service guards for the rest of their lives.
President Eisenhower died of congestive heart failure on March 28, 1969. He was buried in Abilene, KS at the Eisenhower Presidential Library. He was buried next to his little son Doud, and Mrs. Eisenhower was buried there too, when she died in 1979.
I am sorry that I couldn't find much information about the Eisenhower dogs. I think that learning all about them would have been much more interesting than learning about what Gen. Eisenhower did during World War II. At least that's my opinion, and I'm telling it to you, whether you wanted it or not!