PRESIDENT DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1946 - HFSID 293520
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Signed photo of Ike as General of the Army, affixed to a page with a clipping of the Presidential Oath of Office Photograph signed: "Dwight D. Eisenhower". B/w, 5x7 affixed to an 8½x11 page (2 surfaces) with a clipped printed citation of the Presidential Oath of Office.
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DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Signed photo of Ike as General of the Army, affixed to a page with a clipping of the Presidential Oath of Office
Photograph signed: "Dwight D. Eisenhower". B/w, 5x7 affixed to an 8½x11 page (2 surfaces) with a clipped printed citation of the Presidential Oath of Office. Affixed on verso is a transmittal letter on War Department letterhead, dated June 3, 1946. Twenty-nine years after his West Point graduation (1915), Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) received his fifth star and the rank of General of the Army (December 20, 1944). Only the year before, he had been appointed Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces (January 1944) and placed in command of the Normandy invasion, "Operation Overlord". An experienced leader, "Ike" had commanded the U.S. Army in Europe from June 1942 to December 1943, during which time he had directed the invasions of North Africa (November 1942) and Sicily (July-August 1943). On May 7, 1945, Eisenhower accepted the unconditional surrender of Germany at Rheims. During his two terms as 34th U.S. President (1953-1961), Eisenhower presented his famous "Atoms for Peace" plan to the United Nations (December 1953), issued the Eisenhower Doctrine, which provided aid to Middle-Eastern countries threatened by Communist aggression (January 1957), and dispatched troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce students' civil rights (September 1957). Eisenhower's rank of Five-Star General of the Army was restored in 1961, two months after his presidential term ended. From the personal collection of Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009). Ward, a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II, went on to become President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. It is possible to reconstruct the history of this piece from Ward's collection. It was no doubt mailed to him during his convalescence from an attack of polio in 1946, and later modified to include the Presidential oath after Ike's election as President. Signature in poor contrast but legible. Corners lightly creased. Lightly bowed. Otherwise, fine condition.
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