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Harry S Truman 32nd President of the United States was born May 8 1884 in Lamar Missouri He was the son of John Anderson Truman and Martha Ellen Young Truman The Trumans moved to Cass County and in 1887 to the Young family farm in Grandview The family moved again in 1890 to Independence Missouri John Truman made a comfortable living for his family and from his childhood Harry Truman was called on to perform his daily chores and to help on the farm His mother who had a college education taught Harry how to read and started his lessons on pianoHarry was regarded as a bright student by his teachers and graduated from Independence High School in 1901 at the age of 17 Truman worked briefly as timekeeper for a railroad construction contractor and then obtained work in nearby Kansas City He worked as a clerk at the National Bank of Commerce and later as a bookkeeper at the Union National Bank After four years of working in the city he returned to the Grandview farm in 1906 Truman joined the Missouri National Guard in 1905 and was discharged as a corporal in 1911 When the United States entered World War I in 1917 he helped organize the 2nd Regiment of Missouri Field Artillery which was called into Federal service as the 129th Field Artillery In France where he was promoted to Captain and given command of Battery D of the regiment he participated in the Vosges St Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne campaigns Modest and shy Truman made little impression on the members of his unit in the precombat phase of their training But in action he proved to be a cool and resourceful leader His consideration for the members of his battery won him their affection and admiration After the war he joined the reserves and was commissioned a Major He was promoted to Colonel on June 17 1932 After
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