People: May 26, 1961

"If there had been a place to hide," said Five-Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 70, after he reviewed 2,500 West Point cadets and heard a citation honoring him, "I would have gone off and bawled like a baby." But Ike stood smartly at attention for 30 minutes, doffed his grey fedora as plumed battalion commanders saluted him with sabers. Later the old grad (class of '15), who made a cadet career of breaking as many Academy rules as he dared, became the fourth man to win the Sylvanus Thayer Medal* (named for a 19th century superintendent known as the Father of...

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