After Eisenhower gave the official order to launch the D-Day invasion on June 5,Â 1944, he retreated to be alone in his tent and put hisÂ head in his hand, praying that he had made the right decision, saidÂ Dole as he built the drama, retelling this story on the San Diego stage for the ASIS attendees.Â And then Eisenhower didÂ something else, Dole continued.Â He wrote a short, 4-sentenceÂ note thatÂ would be delivered to the media in the event that the invasion failed.
The note read: "Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based upon the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone."
The last sentence echoed in the San DiegoÂ hall.Â If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.
"Leadership without responsibility isn't leadership at all," concluded Dole, which is a good reminder for all of usÂ regardless ofÂ profession.Â