Archive for January, 2014

Harry Before WWI

Saturday, January 25th, 2014
Harry S. Truman at Fort Sill

Harry S. Truman at Fort Sill

 

As the only son in his family, Harry wasn’t conscripted for service in America’s troops for WWI. When Truman rejoined the Guard, his men elected Harry an officer and he became First Lieutenant of his battery. Before being sent to France, Truman helped run a camp canteen at Fort Sill, where he had been sent for training! Can you imagine our beloved Harry behind the counter working as a clerk? We sure can!

 

Harry’s Eyesight and the Missouri National Guard

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
A Young Harry Truman in the Missouri National Guard

A Young Harry Truman in the Missouri National Guard

 

Harry S. Truman’s childhood dream was to join the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, but he was able to attain appointment because of his incredibly poor eyesight! Instead, he ended up enlisting in Missouri’s Army National Guard in 1905 and served until 1911 for a Kansan artillery battery. In a funny twist, at his induction he failed an eye test the first time, but then passed the second time by memorizing the eye chart!

Harry “S.” Truman

Sunday, January 5th, 2014
Harry "S." Truman

Harry “S.” Truman

 

Did you know that the middle initial of Harry Truman’s name doesn’t actually stand for anything? His parents gave him the “S” as a middle initial to honor his maternal and paternal grandfather’s names… “Shipp” and “Solomon.” In fact, giving children only an initial for a middle name was a common practice among those of strong Scots-Irish descent.

 

 

 

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