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Harry S. Truman

A plain spoken native of Missouri and veteran of World War I, Harry S. Truman became president of the United States upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in April 1945. Truman led the nation through the waning days of World War II and made the fateful decision to use the atomic bomb against Japan to end the fighting in the Pacific. The decision remains the subject of controversy to this day, and Truman was not even aware of the bomb’s existence until he became president. Truman was reelected to the presidency in 1948. He died in 1972 at the age of 88.

The Men Against the Bomb

The Men Against the Bomb

Development and testing of the word’s first atomic bomb and the decision to use it against Japan were marked by heated debate about the consequences.   More »



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A Hard Mutt’s Life: “Military Dogs” in World War II

A Hard Mutt’s Life: “Military Dogs” in World War II

Below, the fox terrier ‘Salvo’ prepares for a drop over England. Military dogs played a key role in morale and companionship throughout the war.

A Wehrmacht Pioneer Laid to Rest 70 Years After Operation Barbarossa

A Wehrmacht Pioneer Laid to Rest 70 Years After Operation Barbarossa

Thanks to technological advances and local help, a Wehrmacht Pioneer was finally located and laid to rest years after Operation Barbarossa.

Emperor Julian “The Apostate”

Emperor Julian “The Apostate”

Emperor Julian ‘The Apostate’ sought to emulate Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia, but Shapur II’s Savaran cavalry proved his undoing.

American Writers Who Avoided the Civil War

American Writers Who Avoided the Civil War

Mark Twain was not the only famous American writer to avoid fighting—and possibly dying—in the American Civil War.

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