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Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

Thirty-Third President of the United States

1945-1953

LocationCorner of Mt. Rushmore Rd. & St. Joseph St.

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During his few weeks as vice president, Harry S. Truman scarcely saw President Roosevelt, and received no briefing on the development of the atomic bomb or the unfolding difficulties with Soviet Russia. Suddenly these and a host of other wartime problems became Truman's to solve when, on April 12, 1945, he became president.

It was President Truman who made the final decision to use the atomic bombs on Japan to speed up the end of the World War II. In March, 1947, while visiting Mexico City, Truman made an unscheduled stop at Chapultepec Castle, where 100 years before American troops had stormed the heights. Supposedly the only Mexicans alive after the assault were 6 teenage cadets--but they committed suicide rather than surrender. Against the hysterical warnings of his aides and protocol experts, the president of the U.S. went to the monument to Los Ninos Heroes, placed a wreath on it, and bowed his head in tribute. The cadets in the color guard burst into tears. Later, it was said that nothing in the history of the 2 countries has ever done more to cement their relationship. Harry Truman is shown displaying the morning Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper the day after the presidential election of 1948. The big smile negates the headlines erroneously declaring his opponent the winner of the election.
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SculptorJames Michael Maher