little nugget from the Eisenhower Memorial Commission: "Eisenhower was the first President to elevate an African-American, E. Frederick Morrow, to an executive level position in the White House. This German- American President also appointed the first Italian-American, Rocco C. Siciliano, as an assistant to the President."
Update [from Tom]: I do like it. Check out the bio for Siciliano: "He served in the U.S. Army during World War II as an Infantry Platoon Leader in the 10th Mountain Infantry Division in Italy. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Army Special Commendation Ribbon."
Surpise, surprise. Maybe someday I'll get that manuscript published.
Update 2 [from Tom]: Of course, let's not forget Morrow: "From Hackensack, NJ, Everett Frederick Morrow was a minister’s son who graduated from Bowdoin College in 1930 and was employed by the National Urban League and the NAACP as a field secretary before entering Army service during World War II."