In late June, 1945, General Dwight David Eisenhower, supreme commander of the allied armies in Europe, returned to the U.S. for the first time after the victory in Europe.
As the man who welded more than five million men and women into a unified force, he had received world acclaim. In London, Paris, Washington and New York, the highest honors had been bestowed upon him.
Then he came home to Abilene, Kansas, for a visit with his mother and four brothers. The town welcomed him with an old-fashioned non-military parade and a picnic in a park which had been renamed for him.
Later in July he returned to Europe, where he resumed his duties as supreme commander of the American sector and American representative on the allied control commission for Germany.