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Henry Toluzzi ©Stars and StripesDornheim, West Germany, September 29, 1951: Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower gives a friendly smile to three German youngsters who were watching as the SHAPE commander's Jeep drove past their elementary school. Eisenhower was inspecting French troops taking part in Operation Jupiter, an exercise in which an allied force of 150,000 men and 30,000 vehicles crossed the Rhine River. In the back seat is Lt. Col. (later Lt. Gen.) Vernon Walters, Eisenhower's translator, who would go on to become U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. and West Germany and deputy director and acting director of the CIA, among many other accomplishments.

In his book "The Stars and Stripes: World War II & The Early Years," former Stripes editor Ken Zumwalt identified the three boys as Roland Imhof, Guenter Koop and Guenter Kohlross. In 1983, the German newspaper Bild Zeitung tracked them down and interviewed them. "We immediately recognized Gen. Eisenhower when the jeep stopped," recalled Imhof, a technician at a hotel. "We were always seeing him in German newsreels. So we knew who he was. He asked how we were and an American took the photographs."


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