• 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?

Truman and Churchill on the U.S.S. Williamsburg. Credit: Truman Library

A Constitutional amendment, passed during Truman’s administration, limited a president to no more than ten years in office, but Truman was exempt. He could have run again in 1952, but he chose not to do so. Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri