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Major Eisenhower (standing in open field) and Brigadier General Fox Conner (mounted near right) in Panama
Fox Conner was Eisenhower’s commander in the Panama Canal Zone from 1922 to 1924.  Conner gave Ike the equivalent of a post graduate education in military history and the humanities.  Conner, who had served on General Pershing’s American Expeditionary Forces staff headquarters in France during the Great War, warned that another world war was looming. He encouraged Eisenhower to prepare for it by learning to cooperate with the British and French as Allies.  Conner also recommended that Eisenhower seek an assignment with George C. Marshall, a like-minded officer.  About General Fox Conner Eisenhower would write, “…he is the one more or less invisible figure to whom I owe an incalculable debt.
Eisenhower National Historic Site, ENHS 3784.