National Geographic : 1969 Jul
"I am not the hero," said Ike after the war, "I am the symbol of the heroic men you ... have sent to war." But honors came. Above he re ceives an oak leaf cluster to the Distinguished Service Medal from President Harry S Tru man in June 1945. "Honors,"Ike once remarked, "cannot hide the crosses ... of the dead." The postwar years found the general intense ly busy as head of U. S. occupation forces in Germany, and later as Army Chief of Staff. When Columbia University offered him its presidency, he hesitated, then decided, "If the faculty could stand me ... I could stand the job." Below, at his investment in October 1948, he marches in academic procession past his proud wife and son. In 1950 he doffed cap and gown and put on uniform again (opposite) as the first Supreme Commander of NATO.