• Harry S Truman National Historic Site

    Harry S Truman

    National Historic Site Missouri

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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?

Captain Truman and others. Credit: Truman Library

Harry Truman was elected first lieutenant of his National Guard unit. The election of officers was common in the Civil War and lasted until the federalizing of National Guard units in 1917.