Truman served in the National Guard from 1905-1911.
World War One
As soon as WWI began, Truman immediately volunteered to be a part of the US army. He helped organize the 2nd Regiment of Missouri Field Artillery, which was quickly called into Federal service as the 129th Field Artillery and sent to France. Truman was then promoted to Captain and given command of the regiment's Battery D. Image
Going to the Chapel!
Truman married his childhood love, Elizabeth Wallace. Image
Truman launches his political career. He is elected be one of three judges of the Jackson County Court. He was defeated for reelection in 1924, but won election as presiding judge in the Jackson County Court in 1926. He won reelection in 1930. Image
It's A GIRL!
Mr. and Mrs. Truman welcome their only child, Mary Margaret into their home. Image
United States Senate
Truman is elected into the United States Senate.
Contributions to Congress
He had significant roles in the passage into law of the Civil Aeronautics Act of 1938 and the Transportation Act of 1940. Image
Continuing in Action
He is reelected into Congress. Senator Truman gains national prominence for his role as chairman of the Senate Special Committee to Investigate the National Defense Program. Image
Sworn in as the Vice President
In July 1944, Truman was nominated to run for Vice President with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. On January 20, 1945 Truman is sworn in as the Vice President of the United States. Image
President Roosevelt dies unexpectedly after only eighty-two days in office. On April 12, 1945, he was sworn in as the nations' thirty-third President. Image
World War Two
On August 8, 1945 President Truman drops the first atomic bomb in history on Japan.
The War Continues....
On August 9, 1945 President Truman orders the second atomic bomb on Japan. Image
On August 14, 1945 Japan surrenders. During this time the United Nations was established and the United States strained relationship with the Soviet Union increases. Image
Partner in the Middle East
In May of 1948, President Truman recognizes the state of Israel. Image
President Truman is reelected into the White House. A lot of people thought he would not win the election, but he surprised everyone. Image
War with North Korea
On June 25, 1950 North Korea invades South Korea. President Truman responds by waging undeclared war on North Korea. Till this day Korea is divided into a Communist North and a Democratic South. Image
President Truman retires to Independence, Missouri. For the nearly two decades of his life remaining to him, he wrote a book of memoirs. He spent his days reading, writing, lecturing and taking long brisk walks. Image