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Spanish Flu - Truman's Letter to Bess

During World War I, Harry Truman (a future American president) was serving with the American Expeditionary Forces near Verdun, France.  He had been part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, in 1918, and was at Verdun (as a Captain) when the war ended.

This 21 January 1919 letter, from Truman to Bess, acknowledges receipt of a letter she sent describing a "White Christmas."  He also notes:

I sincerely hope that "flu" will be an unheard of ailment from this time forward.

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Truman Library and Museum.

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