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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen George C. Marshall
 
Aerial photograph of U.S. troops at beachhead in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Aerial view of U.S. troops at beachhead in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

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Marshall and the D-Day Invasion of Europe
Certainly Marshall wanted to lead the Allied invasion, but he told the president that it was up to him. The president should make his decision based on what was good for the country, he added, not what was good for Marshall. So what did the president do? He chose General Dwight Eisenhower to command D-Day and sent Marshall back to his desk. Were Marshall's planning skills that important? The president thought so and told Marshall, "I feel I could not sleep at night with you out of the country."
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