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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.
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.
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!