• 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

NPS Photo

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 Truman holding daughter Margaret, summer 1924. Credit: Truman Library.

Harry Truman’s daughter, Margaret, was born on 17 February 1924 in a snowstorm. Her parents had not purchased a crib and Margaret spent her first few days sleeping in a dresser drawer.