Published March 05, 2010
He was a man who spent the first five decades of his life toiling in relative obscurity. But Dwight David Eisenhower was there when his country needed him the most.
In this special edition of “War Stories with Oliver North,” you’ll learn how Ike rose from hardscrabble poverty in Kansas to the high command of U.S. Forces, European Theater of Operations during World War II and would later become our 34th president.
Ike’s engaging grin and calm sense of self-assurance did much to bolster troops in the field. It also helped him deal with the complicated personalities of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, General Douglas MacArthur and British Field Marshall Bernard "Monty" Montgomery.
You’ll learn how he went from a poker playing West Point cadet with disciplinary problems to a man President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall counted on during a two-front war.
Also, Oliver North speaks with those who served Eisenhower including the remarkable woman Pearlie McKeough who was a driver for the General in North Africa and who worked with Ike along with his aide and her husband Mickey McKeough in WWII. Senior presidential advisers Andrew Goodpaster and William Ewald also offer rare insight about their times with Eisenhower presidency from 1953-1961.
And, you’ll meet Susan Eisenhower whose relationship with her grandparents offers tremendous insight into them as a couple. She tells us how Ike's wife Mamie Eisenhower, a rich debutante from Denver, became Eisenhower’s true partner in life and love. During more than 50 years of public service Ike and Mamie helped shape the United States as we know it today and they gave all of themselves in the process.
Don't miss this rich and historic portrait of a remarkable American when Oliver North and "War Stories" bring you "The Life and Times of Dwight Eisenhower" — only on FOX News Channel.
Staff for this episode:
Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne
Produced and written by: Pamela K. Browne and Steve Tierney
Production Assistant: Kelly Guernica
Editor: Josh Parker
Designer: Yong Kim