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Truman--The Facts Behind the Story


Former President Harry S. Truman served in France during World War I as Commanding Officer of Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, a combat unit of General John J. Pershing's Allied Expeditionary Force. The unit supported American and British infantry maneuvers during the cold, muddy winter of 1918.

Truman's battery was equipped with the venerable French 75 towed howitzer and was a mobile unit of direct support artillery operating close behind the Main Line of Resistance. The biographical made-for-TV film which aired in 1995 involved a brief sequence covering his military service in combat.