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The Early Years Dwight David Eisenhower was born on October 14 1890 in Denison Texas He was the third of seven sons from David Jacob and Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower After his birth the family moved to Abilene Kansas where Dwight graduated from high school in 1909 He was awarded a scholarship to West Point military academy He was commisioned a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in September of 1915 After being stationed at Fort Sam Houston Dwight met Mary Mamie Geneva Doud and they were married on July 1 1916 The couple had two sons Doud Dwight Eisenhower and John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower Doud Dwight nicknamed Little Icky was born on September 24 1917 He died three years later on January 2nd1921of scarlet fever Their second son was born in Denver on August 3 1922 He married Barbara Jean Thompson in July of 1947 and they had four children There are now eight Eisenhower great-grandchildren Ike Takes Charge A rise To Power In 1917 the United states joined the Allied fighting in World War I The prospect of commanding troops abroad excited Dwight but his superiors did not think he was ready for such a task It didnt help matters that Dwight was a success in training others for battle From 1915 to 1918Dwight and Mamie were sent all over the United States Starting from Ft Sam Houston Dwight served in the infantry division at Camp Wilson and Leon Springs Texas and Ft Ogelthorpe Georgia He then served with the Tank Corps in Camp Meade Maryland Camp Colt Pennsylvania Camp Dix New Jersey Ft Benning Georgia and Ft Meade Maryland Finally after making everyone of his superiors know he was combat ready he was awarded command of an armored unit in France starting on November 18th 1918 Dwight would have to wait to see combat though The armistice that ended the Great War was signed on November 11 1918Thouroughly discouraged having missed World War
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