Funeral Ceremony

Burial Attire

General Dwight D. Eisenhower was buried in his World War II uniform. It consists of "pink" trousers and the green "Ike" jacket that he made famous. Although he was one of the most decorated military men in history, his uniform had only the following medals: Army Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Merit.

Gun Salutes

There were four gun salutes during the Eisenhower funeral ceremonies:
  1. When the body was taken to the Capitol, a saluting battery (1 officer and 13 enlisted men) fired a 21-gun salute at 5 second intervals.
  2. When the body arrived at Union Station, a saluting battery (1 officer and 13 enlisted men) fired a 21-gun salute beginning when the hearse entered Delaware Avenue with the last shot fired as the hearse stopped at the entrance at Union Station.
  3. Before benediction in Place of Meditation, six howitzers manned by 2 officers and 36 enlisted men delivered a 21-gun salute.
  4. After benediction, a firing party (8 members) discharged three volleys.

Honorary Pall Bearers - Washington, D.C.

  • General Omar Bradley
  • Admiral Arthur Radford
  • General Lauris Norstad
  • Edgar Eisenhower
  • Milton Eisenhower
  • General J. Lawton Collins
  • General Wade H. Haislip
  • General Alfred M. Gruenther
  • Master Sergeant John Moaney
  • Colonel G. Gordon Moore

Honorary Pall Bearers - Abilene, Kansas

  • Edgar Eisenhower
  • Milton Eisenhower*
  • General Omar Bradley
  • General J. Lawton Collins
  • General Lauris Norstad
  • General Wade H. Haislip
  • General Alfred M. Gruenther
  • General Leonard Heaton
  • Admiral George W Anderson
  • Admiral Lewis Strauss
  • Colonel G. Gordon Moore
  • Master Sergeant John Moaney
*Milton Eisenhower became ill and was hospitalized. General Andrew Goodpaster substituted for him as an honorary pall bearer.

Special Honor Guard in Abilene

  • Major General Linton S Boatwright, Commanding General of the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas
  • Major General B.G. Owens, Jr., Assistant Chief of Staff United States Marine Corps
  • Major General J.T. Robbins, Commanding General of the Twelfth Air Force, Austin, Texas
  • Rear Admiral H.A. Renken, Commandant of the Ninth Naval District, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Rear Admiral R.R. Waesche, Commander of the Second Coast Guard District, St. Louis, Missouri


Songs played at the Funeral Service for Dwight D. Eisenhower in Washington Cathedral Chorale:
  • Prelude, "Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele," Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Chorale - Prelude, "O Welt, ich muss dich lassen," Johannes Brahms
  • Choir - "The Palms"
  • Hymn (All) - "Onward Christian Soldiers"
  • United States Marine Band - "Army Blue," "Lead Kindly Light"
Some of the songs played by the Fifth Army Band in Abilene, Kansas for the funeral:
  • "Ruffles and Flourishes"
  • "Hail to the Chief"
  • "God of Our Fathers"
  • "Onward, Christian Soldiers"
  • "Stars and Stripes"
  • "Lead, Kindly Light"
  • "National Anthem"
  • "Army Blue"
  • "West Point Alma Mater"

Carillon Music

By the Fifth Army at the Place of Meditation, Abilene, Kansas:
  • "The Old Rugged Cross" (played by Spec. IV David Ralph, 5th Army, Fort Sheridan, Illinois)
  • "America the Beautiful" (Tape)