Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
This documentary presents the life and military career of Dwight Eisenhower, the war hero who became the 34th president of the United States. A 1915 graduate of West Point, Eisenhower was a career military man who served under "Black Jack" Pershing, George Patton, and Douglas MacArthur, but was frustrated by not being assigned to Europe until World War I was over. As this program shows, by the time World War II began, Eisenhower had endured personal tragedy and career frustration. He finally got his chance to lead troops in the new war, eventually commanding "Operation Overlord," the D-Day invasion that sent Allied troops storming ashore at Normandy. Filmed in his hometown of Abilene, KS, at the Eisenhower Library, the program features archival photos and newsreel footage.