The life stories of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ralph W. Hauenstein remarkably tracked one another in multiple ways, the grandson of the former general and president noted during a Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies virtual discussion.
On an elemental level, the two men were Midwesterners from small towns, said David Eisenhower, a noted author and historian.
They also shared deep historical ties. Hauenstein served as chief of the Intelligence Branch in the Army’s European Theater during World War II under General Eisenhower. And, David Eisenhower emphasized, the elders were both part of a group of men and women who saved civilization.
Eisenhower's remarks March 18 came as part of a virtual event where he was joined by Brian Hauenstein, grandson of Ralph Hauenstein, for a commemoration of what would have been the elder Hauenstein's 109th birthday. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Library were also partners for the event.