President Truman in the regalia of Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Missouri, a post that he held from 1940 to 1941. President Truman joined the Masons in 1909. On October 19, 1945, he was coroneted a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. 33rd degree Freemason's make a Perfect Oath to the evil one which requires evil tasks done to seal the oath. Truman authorized the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan and the start of the Korean War.