Leaders & Shapers

Leaders emerged during the turmoil of World War II. They galvanized with their speeches, inspired with their acts of bravery and selflessness, and calmed the chaos during hard times. Every day citizens reshaped the world in which we live. Great leaders were born through their baptisms by fire. Below are some profiles and stories of these remarkable leaders and shapers.

Presidents and Civic Leaders
American produced remarkable leaders during World War II, beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "date which will live in infamy" and ending with President Harry S. Truman's pivotal decision to drop the bomb.

Shaping Future Leaders
War changes people. For some, their wartime experiences sent them on a path to become future national leaders. John F. Kennedy, who captained a US Navy PT boat in the South Pacific during the war, would go on to become president of the United States.

Homefront Leaders
During World War II, Americans were asked to sacrifice and pitch in to help the war effort. Eleanor Roosevelt, serving as First Lady, led effort and inspired a nation with her tireless efforts. Others embarked on a wartime journey to exercise their civic duty, and shaped the future of the nation.

Military Leaders
Valor. Honor. Courage. Leadership. From Dwight D. Eisenhower to the everyday soldier, marine, airman and seaman, we continue to stand in awe when we hear their stories of their bravery and courage.

People of World War II

Last updated: September 30, 2016

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