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General Eisenhower Parade, Union Square, NYC, circa 1946
In this 1946 photo, we see a victorious general being greeted by thousands as his motorcade drives through Union Square Park.
That general was Dwight D. Eisenhower who was Supreme Commander of the allied troops
on D-Day and commanded the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942. After the war, he became
President of Columbia University, then took leave to assume supreme command over the new NATO forces being
assembled in 1951. When Eisenhower became president, it was during the heart of the cold war. He worked
hard to reduce tensions with the Russians but also worked to keep America strong. Eisenhower won a second
term in office in November, 1955, after recovering from a heart attack.
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