Eisenhower Monument

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Coordinates: 41°23′29″N 73°57′23″W / 41.3915°N 73.9563°W / 41.3915; -73.9563

Eisenhower Monument (West Point)
United States
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The Eisenhower Monument at West Point
For General of the Army and former President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Unveiled May 1983
Location N 41° 23.513 W 073° 57.390 [1]
near Highland Falls, NY
Designed by Robert L. Dean, Jr.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, 34th President of the United States

The Eisenhower Monument at the United States Military Academy is a monument to former General of the Army and the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The subject[edit]

As a member of the famed West Point Class of 1915, (known as "The Class the Stars Fell On"), Eisenhower rose to prominence as an Army officer during World War II, where he was the Supreme Allied Commander Europe. After the war, he served as the Army's Chief of Staff before being elected President in 1952.

Description and commissioning[edit]

The statue stands nine feet tall and is perched upon a pedestal of red granite.[2]

The bid for the monument originally included noted sculptors Donald DeLue, Felix DeWeldon, and Walker Hancock, but the commission went to class of 1953 West Point graduate Robert L. Dean, Jr.[3] After receiving the commission, Dean was offered one of the General's actual uniforms as a model by Eisenhower's son.[3] Dean molded the wax model at his home in Pennsylvania and cast the bronze statue in Italy before the monument was unveiled on 3 May 1983.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "General Dwight D. Eisenhower, West Point, New York". Waymarking.com. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  2. ^ "Tour of West Point:Eisenhower Monument". United States Military Academy. Retrieved 2009-03-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Robert Lee Dean, Jr. "Creating the Eisenhower Statue". West Point Assembly of Graduates. Retrieved 2009-03-28. [dead link]

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