David and Ida, You Did Well

Posted Monday, June 9, 2008, at 9:34 PM
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  • Very nice article. I've never read where anyone referred to Ike as "Dave". Although he was born David Dwight and later reversed the names himself, his mother, Ida, had always called him David. Because of her background and religion, she was truly disappointed when he chose to go to West Point. But she was a very proud Mother of all of her boys.

    A couple of good books pertaining to this bit of history that I'd recommend are "Faith of Our Mothers" by Harold I. Gullan and "First Mothers" by Bonnie Angelo.

    Ike's father, David, was a bitter, abusive individual who never displayed any affection at all for any of his sons.

    The West Point Class of 1915 was dubbed "the class the stars fell on" and had two 5-Star Generals, Eisenhower and Bradley, as well as two 4-Star Generals, Van Fleet and McNarney, out of 164 graduates.

    I heartily agree about the visit to Abilene. Also, teachers can get a wealth of information from this website: http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/

    Jerry Hahin and I were once stuck in Salina, Kansas during an ice storm and when we called back into work, our boss, Bill Chancellor, USMA Class of 1973, suggested we drive down to Abilene to visit the museum. I remember laughing and telling Bill, we'd sure like to but I-70 has an inch of ice on it and it is closed. Not only that, we couldn't even get my truck out of the motel parking lot.

    -- Posted by simmons on Tue, Jun 10, 2008, at 12:49 AM
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