General Dwight D. Eisenhower – later President Eisenhower – left behind a remarkable legacy of public service. Eisenhower graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1911 and later was issued orders to serve in France during World War I. Eisenhower’s orders were rescinded when the war ended before he made it to France. Eisenhower’s post-war assignment to Europe consisted of him studying the battlefields of the war where, as a result, he gained a thorough knowledge of the terrain of Western Europe which would later serve him as the Supreme Allied Commander during the Normandy invasion and the allied push to the Rhineland. In 1952, Eisenhower was elected as the 34th President of the United States.
Eisenhower was widely known to be an avid golfer. However, the president also enjoyed quail hunting and skeet shooting. This Winchester Model 21 20-gauge side-by-side shotgun pictured here bears Eisenhower's initials and is featured in the National Firearms Museum. Along with the president’s initials are five stars that indicate the rank that Eisenhower held in the U.S. Army along with an inscription that reads, “To a straight shooter from a friend.” Eisenhower was presented this shotgun by Robert Woodruff, president of Coca Cola.
The National Firearms Museum acquired this shotgun in 1970 by donation from John S. D. Eisenhower.