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Soldiers again under Ike’s command

By Amanda Kim Stairrett | 1ST INF. DIV. PUBLIC AFFAIRS | June 23, 2014

ABILENE, Kan. – About 100 Soldiers from units across the 1st Infantry Division spent the day at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home to help commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, served as Supreme Commander of Allied Forces during World War II and later president. Another Kansan, Maj. Gen. Clarence R. Huebner, served as commander of the “Big Red One” on D-Day. Huebner grew up in Bushton, Kansas, about two hours west of Fort Riley.

Soldiers of the 1st Inf. Div. participated in the Eisenhower ceremony at all levels, from helping set up and man the event to portraying World War II-era Soldiers.

Maj. Martin O’Donnell, 1st Inf. Div. deputy public affairs officer, portrayed Eisenhower and read the general’s famous “Order of the Day” address.

“Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force,” O’Donnell read. 

While dressed in a replica of Eisenhower’s uniform. “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is will trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.”

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general, and Brig. Christopher Ghika, 1st Inf. Div. commanding general for readiness, were joined by Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, III Corps commander, to lay a wreath at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in honor of the anniversary.

The 1st Inf. Div. Band performed a concert June 7 as part of the presidential library, museum and boyhood home’s D-Day+70 activities. 
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