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Ike, Churchill Differed on D-Day

September 4, 2000

LONDON (AP) _ Winston Churchill and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower were the best of friends.

But Churchill’s grandson recalled one disagreement between the two leaders that became part of his family lore. To Eisenhower’s consternation, the prime minister announced that he wanted to be aboard the lead destroyer going to the Normandy beaches on D-Day.

``Eisenhower spoke to my grandmother, who invoked the king, who wrote: ’My dear Winston, if you insist on going, I shall also feel compelled to go as commander-in-chief of my forces,‴ he recounted. ``So that ended it.″

Churchill’s grandson _ also named Winston Churchhill _ and Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of the late U.S. general and president, met Monday in Britain’s underground wartime headquarters where much of the Allied war effort was directed.

Eisenhower presented Churchill with a plaque inscribed with the eulogy Eisenhower delivered at Churchill’s funeral in 1965.

Churchill, 60, an author and former lawmaker, was honored for his contributions to People to People International, an organization founded by the late president to promote international understanding. Eisenhower, 45, now heads the Kansas City, Mo.-based group.

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