Denison remembers D-Day and its local hero

By: Ethan Hutchins Email
By: Ethan Hutchins Email

DENISON,TX -- 70 years after D-Day, the man behind the campaign is remembered along with where he's from.

On June 6, 1944 allied forces executed a sneak attack into Normandy, France, landing onto five separate beaches, in the largest amphibious assault in history.

Thousands from both sides lost their lives, including many Americans and Denison native General Dwight D. Eisenhower led the campaign.

"He was crucial in the success in the D-Day invasion," said Eisenhower birthplace manager John Akers.

John Akers is the site manager at Eisenhower's birthplace in Denison.

Akers says the commander of the Allied Powers was delicate in his strategy leading up to the invasion.

Eisenhower even postponed the attack from June 5th to the 6th due to weather.

"I just imagine him in that room with all of the generals looking at him, and he said let's go," said Akers.

Eisenhower was born at a house on the 700 block of Lamar Street in Denison on October 14, 1890.

His father worked for the railroad and his mom stayed home raising him and his two siblings. They stayed there for only a few years.

Akers said when he became commander during World War Two, Eisenhower led by example; personally connecting with those on the front lines.

"He was all over. He was going from field to field; base to base," said Akers.

Eisenhower returned to Denison, a hometown hero, in 1952 on a Presidential campaign trip.

"I knew he was coming to Denison and my mother took me down onto Armstrong Avenue," said local Veteran Max Drumb.

Army Veteran and Denison native Max drumb was in the crowd when Ike came to town.

"He waved at us, then went onto main street," said Drumb.

Eisenhower was elected president that year and again in 1956.

Largely because of D-Day, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest military strategists in history.


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