Harry S. Truman was born into humble circumstances in Missouri on May 8, 1884. He was the only president of the 20th century without a college degree. In World War I, he helped organize a National Guard regiment, was promoted to captain in France and assigned to its most unruly battery.
He was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s vice president for just 82 days before FDR died and Truman became president without any briefings on the atomic bomb or the growing strains with Soviet Russia. During his first months in office, he dropped atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II. His policy of communist containment undergirded the Marshall Plan and started both the Cold War and the Korean War.
Executive: May we say that it is amazing what you accomplished without a prominent family background.
HST: It is amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit. Being an American is a belief that all men are created...(register to read more)