Welcome to the Manlihood Mancast – I’m your host Josh Hatcher – today we’re going to take a look at our Man Crush Monday – where we honor men who have exemplified character, courage, and honor. Today, we’re going to take a look at a man who was itching to fight.
After graduating from West Point, and getting bounced around at various military outposts stateside, this young warrior was ready to go -he specifically requested to be stationed in the Phillipines – and was promptly denied. During the first World War – He was ready to go overseas and fight the Germans – but again, he was denied and stationed to Kansas, then Maryland, and then – finally – orders for France! But they were shot down and he was assigned to the new Tank Corps. Again – orders came in for france! But as he prepared to ship out – the armistice was signed, and the young soldier continued to serve stateside.
Promoted to major – he led a convoy of tanks from DC to California – averaging the breakneck speed of 5 mile per hour, and bringing attention to some major infrastructure problems with the US highway system.
Eventually, he did get to the Phillipines, along with Douglas McArthur – but it wasn’t until the next world war that this major would climb the ranks to General, and become known as a war hero. All of that time stateside allowed him to become skilled in the art of leadership and war planning – And after the war, he kept climbing to the nation’s highest post.
When he took office, one of his first tasks, was fixing those ailing highways.
Because of his persistence, and his commitment, President Dwight D. Eisenhower is this week’s Man Crush Monday.