Crowds receiving Eisenhower's motorcade, Washington, D. C., 28 June 1945


Photograph. An overhead shot shows throngs of onlookers receiving Eisenhower's motorcade; an American flag and a large banner which reads "Welcome ‘Ike" hangs over the street. Official Caption: "Rome, 6/28/45--U.S. Capital Greets Eisenhower--General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, known affectionately to Americans as General 'Ike', rides through the streets of Washington with his staff to the cheers of thousands on his return to the U.S. on June 18. It was the greatest ovation ever accorded anyone in the nation's capital but General Eisenhower told Congress that the welcome given him was in reality the tribute of a grateful country to the three million U.S. soldiers who helped achieve the victory in Europe.--Acme Photo through Rome OWI--Approved by appropriate military authority (A List Out). 6901." Washington, D.C., U.S.A. 28 June 1945

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Items from the service of Isaac "Ike" Bethel Utley, who was born in Smith Mills, Kentucky on 3 March 1920. Ike enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 19 January 1942. He was shipped overseas to the European Theatre and worked with a supply division based out of the city of Naples with an office set up in a residential villa. Utley worked with the Office of War Information and used their photographs in news articles to inform soldiers of the progress of the war. At war's end, Utley returned stateside. A trunk full of over 800 photographs from the O.W.I. arrived on his doorstep from his office in Italy, sender unknown. This collection consists of those photographs.
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