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Banning Letter to President Truman

When William Banning lost his son George in Korea, the bereaved father—from New Canaan, Connecticut—sent a letter to President Truman.  With the letter, he enclosed his son's Purple Heart.

Impacted by the letter, and by the "toughest decision" he made as President, Truman kept the letter and the medal nearby.  After he died, in 1972, members of the Truman Library's staff found the letter in the President's desk drawer.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Google Books.

The image above, is from Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times, by Brian Burnes.

 

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