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    "Please get it done"

    Harry S. Truman Autograph Telegram Signed. One page, 8.5" x 7", ca. 1944, n.p., to "Mr. Haake" concerning Truman's Army Reserve "outfit". In full: "I am personally interested in this Artillery Trainor setup about which Jo Zak Miller talked to you. Please get it done; its my outfit." Truman enlisted with the National Guard and received a commission as a first lieutenant in 1917 in the 129th Field Artillery. The unit, composed of men from the Kansas City area like Jo Zach Miller and Truman himself, sailed for France in 1918 and fought at the Meuse-Argonne Offensive before returning to the U.S. in early 1919. Following the war, Truman joined the Army Reserve and received a commission as a major. Despite his work as a U.S. Senator in Washington from 1934 through his selection as Franklin Roosevelt's vice presidential choice in 1944, Truman continued to attend summer training camps. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1953 as a colonel.

    Included in the lot is a facsimile of a newspaper article noting the nineteenth anniversary of the day the 129th Field Artillery entered the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France during World War I. The telegram is toned and in fine condition.

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    October, 2009
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