Obama, Hagel Mark Passing of John S.D. Eisenhower
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2013 President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent statements of condolences to the family of soldier, author and diplomat John S.D. Eisenhower, who died Dec. 21 at age 91 in Trappe, Md.
Eisenhower was the son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie. Like his father, the younger Eisenhower graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
President Obama’s statement reads as follows:
“Michelle and I send our condolences to the Eisenhower family on the passing of John S.D. Eisenhower. He grew up the son of an American hero, but emerged a great American in his own right - a brave soldier who served in World War II, the Korean War, and ultimately retired with the rank of Brigadier General, an accomplished writer and historian, a talented diplomat. His was a big and quintessentially American life - one of patriotism and character, learning and teaching, and a deep and abiding sense of service to his country. Our thoughts and prayers are with John's wife, Joanne, his son, David, his daughters Barbara Anne, Susan, and Mary, and his grandchildren - along with our gratitude for his extraordinary life.”
Hagel’s statement reads as follows:
“Today Lilibet and I join the American people in mourning the passing of John Eisenhower, a true patriot whom I was fortunate to call my friend. The son of one of our nation's greatest leaders, John was an accomplished soldier, diplomat, and author. He was the longtime patriarch of an extraordinary family, and Lilibet and my thoughts, prayers and sympathies are with them today as they celebrate his rich legacy and his contributions to the nation he loved. He will be missed by all of us.”
As a major, Eisenhower saw combat during his 1952-53 service in Korea and received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Bronze Star.
Eisenhower departed the active-duty Army in 1963 and joined the Army Reserve, where he eventually attained the rank of brigadier general.
He became a historian and the author of several books on military history. Eisenhower received praise for his 1969 book, “The Bitter Woods,” a study of World War II’s Battle of the Bulge.
Eisenhower served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 1969 to 1971.