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  • Riyadh Alsaleh

    Veterans Day Spotlight: Harry S. Truman Harry Truman’s aspirations for a military career began back in high school, where he had hopes of attending West Point or Annapolis upon graduation in 1901. Although his poor eyesight prevented him from qualifying for admission, Truman did not entirely give up on a military career. Four years after graduation, Harry S. Truman joined Battery “B” of the Missouri National Guard. The Guard had created Battery “B” in Kansas City as an addition to the already established Battery “A” in St. Louis. This time, Truman didn’t take any chances and memorized the eye chart. He became a private in Light Artillery Battery “B,” First Brigade on June 14, 1905. Harry Truman left military service 37 years later as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Officers’ Reserve Corps. To learn more about President Truman’s military career: Speech given to National Guard Association Truman’s Life and Times: Military Service Photo: Harry S. Truman in is World War I Army uniform.  First Lieutenant, Battery D 129th Field Artillery.  1914-1918. -from the Truman Library

  • 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

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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.

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usnatarchives: It’s Facial Hair Friday at the National Archives, and we’re featuring this rare photograph of future President Harry Truman with a mustache. The staff at the Truman Presidential Library only know of two photographs of Truman sporting facial hair, including this one. They also found a letter that Truman wrote to his wife, mentioning his “”right hefty mustioche.” Read the full story and see the letters on the Prologue blog. And on that note, happy weekend!

The Truman Family as Harry S. Truman is sworn in as President of the United States, April 12, 1945.

Captain Truman, Battery D 129th Field Artillery, at Camp Coetquidan in France, during World War I, 1918.

The one president that didn't give a f*ck what other people thought of him.

Bess Truman Bess was a significant presence in her husband's administration, Harry consulted Bess about crucial decisions as President, it seems clear from his extensive correspondence to her that she wielded a sizable influence over his executive decision-making. Indeed, Harry referred to Bess as his "chief advisor" and "full partner in all transactions -- politically and otherwise." 33rd #President of the United States 35th #FirstLady

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