President; Supreme Allied Commander in World War II.
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, June 2, 1955. On White House stationery, to Mr. William D. Simmons at the White House Office. With the original envelope.
“You celebrate your birthday anniversary on a date that has for me, as I am sure it has for you, many happy memories. I hope that this June 6, 1955 will bring for you a fine family reunion (with your little grandson of whom I have heard so much) and that despite the difficulty you are having with your eyes, that the ensuing year will be filled with enjoyment and satisfaction.
“At the same time I want to tell you how appreciative the staff and my visitors are of your many courtesies.”
The memories that President Dwight D Eisenhower refers to date back eleven years from when this letter was written. On June 6, 1944, Dwight D Eisenhower, as Supreme Allied Commander in World War II, gave the order to launch the largest amphibious attack in history. This successful landing was the starting point for a massive Allied thrust eastward through France and on into the heart of Nazi Germany. On D-Day, 156,000 Allied troops landed in Normandy on the northern coast of France. Invading Allied forces eventually reached 1,000,000 and began to fight their way into the heart of France. As a result, Paris was liberated on August 25, 1944. The war in Europe ended on May 7, 1945, when Germany surrendered.
Matted in cream and green. In an antiqued gilt frame measuring 20 inches wide by 16 7/8 inches high.
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