It wasn't easy growing up as the son of an American legend, even if it did
carry some privileges like living in the White House. When your father is a military
icon of unprecedented proportions, a boy has a lot to live up to. It's even worse
when that boy is small of stature and often struggling with illness. Still, he did
The young son of the American President served as a member of the 1st Infantry
Division during World War I, earning both the Distinguished Service Cross and the
Distinguished Service Medal. By the time World War II engulfed the world, he had
become a General.
As American troops landed at Normandy on D-Day, the 57-year old leader who had
already served in North Africa and Sicily knew they needed a strong leader. Almost
pulled from the mission because of his fibrillating heart, he convinced General Omar
Bradley that he was needed "to steady the boys". On D-Day, armed only with
a pistol and a walking stick, the soldier with a star on his collar became the only
general officer to land with the troops. Moving among them, he encourage his men,
leading by example during their darkest moments for six days....until he had no more heart
to give for his Country.