An Excerpt from Gil Robinson's:                                      

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As former Deputy Chief of Staff to General Eisenhower, I admired him for never allowing friendship to stand in the way of his duty to public interest.

In London a month before D-Day, a Major General who was a classmate and close friend of Eisenhower’s attended a party at the Hotel Claridge. The biggest military secret in the world at the time was the date of the invasion of Europe. During the party an attractive woman was talking with the general and brightly remarked: “Do you think D-Day will come in the early part of June?” To which the general replied:

“You won’t be far from wrong.”

Ike heard about the incident, sent for the general, and said to him:

“Every soldier who violates the rules, whether he is an enlisted man or officer, regardless of his relationship to me, will be given equal treatment.”

Ike broke him to a colonel and sent him home in disgrace. He followed this principle of equal treatment many times, including the famous case in which he relieved General Patton from command in Italy, and then despite opposition made him an Army Commander in Europe, where he attained tremendous success.

More often than not, however, Ike meets his problems gently, and not sternly. Like brilliant men throughout history, he has the knack of making people see his point of view.

Once, at SHAEF, Ike was discussing the world situation with a distinguished visitor from home. A certain point was reached in the discussion and the visitor straightened up in his seat, and you could tell that he was about to throw a curve ball.

“Should we keep giving money to Europe,” he said, “when they aren’t helping themselves?”
Ike looked at him and slowly answered:

“If you and another fellow are crossing a river, and you discover suddenly that you are being swept downstream to destruction, and he loses his oar – do you give up or do you keep on rowing?”