Cronkite: Eisenhower's Return to Normandy

D-Day Commander Recalled Sacrifices of War in 1964 Interview

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower aboard the HMS Apollo.

hide captionGen. Dwight D. Eisenhower aboard the HMS Apollo, a mine layer, on a visit to a beachhead along French coast, June 7, 1944.

The Eisenhower Foundation

Sixty years ago, the forces of the Allied armies of World War II invaded occupied France to fight a German army that had taken control of Europe.

Forty years ago, the man in charge of D-Day took part in a TV program looking back at the attack. By that time, Dwight D. Eisenhower had served two terms as president of the United States. But when he returned to Omaha Beach with CBS newsman Walter Cronkite in 1964, he assumed the role of former supreme allied commander. As part of his series of essays for All Things Considered, Cronkite recalls Eisenhower at Normandy.

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