• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

Artifact of the Month

Artifact of the Month

Military seal ring of Battery D

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Military Ring

Military seal ring of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, National Guard.

After being promoted to captain, Truman took command of Battery D on July 11, 1918. The unit had such a bad reputation that Truman admitted years later that he was so scared the first time he spoke to the unit, he couldn't say a word. The men of Battery D came to respect Truman through his fair and even-handed leadership. They later became his greatest political supporters after the war.

 
 
 

Did You Know?

President Truman and Princess Elizabeth. Credit: Truman Library

Harry Truman could have run for reelection in 1952, but chose not to. He wrote, “Eight years is enough and sometimes too much for any man to be the president of the United States.”