No, Eisenhower had a bad knee from a sports injury. It initially relegated him to various staff jobs. At which he proved so remarkably competent that the military decided he could not be spared. There were already plenty of brash young officers willing to charge into the barbed wire. (Three members of the 1915 class died "over there" all as Majors, but one seems to have succumbed to influenza).Gen. Covell's accomplishments (such as they are) are detailed in this very interesting post. RTWT.
I suppose my general theme regarding Presidents is that prior executive success predicts later competence. And in this respect Eisenhower is a prime exhibit. Our history is the better for him not stepping in front of a bit of shrapnel in 1918. He continued to demonstrate the ability to both organize the things under his direct purview and to interact well with those whose independent interests could either help or hinder his tasks. D-Day in 1944, one of history's biggest organizational challenges was his Supreme accomplishment.
Some people are just better executives than others. And it is not just a matter of pure intellect. If you want an example of just how far academic achievement "won't" take you, consider the man who graduated 1st in "The Class the Stars Fell On" [Eisenhower's class at West Point]. It was a certain William E. R. Covell.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Dwight Eisenhower never served in combat?
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