Veterans Day Spotlight: Harry S. Truman
Harry Truman’s aspirations for a military career began back in high school, where he had hopes of attending West Point or Annapolis upon graduation in 1901. Although his poor eyesight prevented him from qualifying for admission, Truman did not entirely give up on a military career.
Four years after graduation, Harry S. Truman joined Battery “B” of the Missouri National Guard. The Guard had created Battery “B” in Kansas City as an addition to the already established Battery “A” in St. Louis. This time, Truman didn’t take any chances and memorized the eye chart. He became a private in Light Artillery Battery “B,” First Brigade on June 14, 1905.
Harry Truman left military service 37 years later as a Colonel in the U.S. Army Officers’ Reserve Corps.
To learn more about President Truman’s military career:
Photo: Harry S. Truman in is World War I Army uniform. First Lieutenant, Battery D 129th Field Artillery. 1914-1918.
-from the Truman Library