• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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  • Weekend Parking

    Due to the Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival (Aug. 29 - Sept. 1) in downtown Independence, parking will be limited around the park visitor center and surrounding neighborhoods. Please plan accordingly. The Truman Home will be open for tours.

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?

Harry and Vivian Truman as young boys. Credit: National Park Service

Harry Truman was accident-prone as a child. When he was a little boy, he broke his collarbone when he fell off a chair while combing his hair.