HARRY S TRUMAN President Truman sends a typed letter of thanks for the flowers sent to Mrs. Wallace’s funeral. Typed Letter Signed: “Harry Truman” as President, 1p, 7×8¾. The White House, Washington, 1952 December 11. To Fred J. Schmidt, Kansas City, Kansas. In full: “We appreciate most highly the floral piece which the Battery sent to Mrs. Wallace’s funeral. It was certainly kind and thoughtful of them. I sent flowers to Bill Meredith’s funeral. I was very sorry to hear about his death. I hope everything is going well with you. Sincerely yours,” During WWI, Captain Harry S Truman had led Battery D, 129th Field Infantry, in combat in Europe. Schmidt and Meredith were members of his unit. MRS. MARGARET GATES WALLACE, President Truman’s mother-in-law, had died on December 5, 1952. Harry S Truman had been Vice President only 82 days when he assumed the presidency upon Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death (April 12, 1945). Faced with the ordeal of ending World War II, Truman oversaw the surrender of Germany (May 7) and ordered the atomic bombings on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). He fought the Cold War with the Truman Doctrine (1947), a policy granting Greece and Turkey $400 million in economic and military aid to help them fight Communist aggression. By the end of 1945, Truman had introduced economic measures which would become part of his Fair Deal program (1949). As a result, the minimum wage was increased from 40 to 75 cents an hour through an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, and Social Security benefits were extended to include approximately ten million more people (1950). In his second term, Truman ordered U.S. forces into action when North Korean troops invaded American-supported South Korea (1950). Lightly creased. Light paper clip impression at upper left corner. Fine condition. With original typed White House envelope. Light… More information available. Please contact us if you have questions. HFSID 3295
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