74 years ago, a Denison man led the Allied forces against Nazis on D-Day

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) - World War II left more than 50 million military and civilians dead. One man born in Denison, Texas helped bring the bloodshed to an end, leading the charge against the Nazis.

"Dwight Eisenhower was an important general for the United States during World War II," said the site manager of the Eisnhower Birthplace State Historical Site, John Akers.

Eisenhower was born here on October 14, 1890 and became commander of the Allied Forces. D-Day, also known as Operation Overlord, was suppose to happen on June 5th 1944, but historians said weather delayed the attack, so Eisenhower pushed back the invasion until the next day. At dawn, 74 years ago, "Ike" led Allied troops to storm the beaches of Nazi occupied France.

"The largest, amphibious invasion in world history," Akers said. "It involved transporting 70-thousand plus soldiers and material from England, across the English Channel, into Normandy France."

The assault is considered to be the turning point of the war.

"The people of Denison were very proud to find that he had come from here," Akers said. "So during the war time, they bought the house to make it a shrine for him and for the people who served in the US military in WWII."

Several years after the war ended in 1945, Eisenhower became the 34th President of the United States.

"People saw him as an American hero," Akers said. "And he would say he wasn't a hero, it was the troops who served under him."

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