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  • Laura Russell

    04/12/1945 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in Warm Spring, GA. Harry S Truman became the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). Seen here in his World War I Army uniform, 1917. During World War I, Truman served in combat in France as an artillery officer in his National Guard unit.

  • Mitchell Cipriano

    Portrait of US Army 1st Lieutenant Harry Truman, 1917

  • Jana Perskie

    President Harry Truman in his uniform as a First Lieutenant, Battery D 129th Field Artillery, 1917.

  • Tamela Samuels

    Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – Dec 26, 1972) 33rd President of United States. He enlisted in Missouri Army National Guard (1905 - 1911). In World War I, he rejoined the Guard. He became an officer, then battery commander in artillery regiment in France. His unit was Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 60th Brigade, 35th Infantry Division. Under his command, the battery did not lose a single man. They also provided support for George S. Patton's tank brigade during Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

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Captain Harry Truman served in France during WWI as commander of Battery D of the 129th Field Artillery from 1917-1919.

Harry S. Truman - 33rd President of the United States

Although he struggled to succeed on the farm and in business, Harry S. Truman found success in the military. Starting from the rank of Private in the National Guard of Missouri, Truman left military service 37 years later as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Officers' Reserve Corps. On active duty during the First World War, Captain Truman excelled as the commanding officer of a field artillery battery.

Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953). Seen here in his World War I Army uniform, 1917. During World War I, Truman served in combat in France as an artillery officer in his National Guard unit.

Harry S. Truman (with a mustache) in uniform

This image shows Harry Truman at age 13 with the glasses he wore as a boy. The photograph was taken about 1897. Note the fairly standard suit with a high collar. Also note the bow tie.

Photograph of President Harry S. Truman as He Inspects the Personnel of the USS Missouri, ca. 09/08/1947 by The U.S. National Archives, via Flickr

Truman in military uniform with shoulder and waist belt with helmet