Harry S Truman became the 33rd President of the United States following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, a few months into Roosevelt’ fourth term. Truman presided over the end of the World War II in Europe and the decisive victory over Japan. He also oversaw the signing of the first United Nations charter.

Controversy followed Truman through his presidency which the close election in 1948 against Thomas E. Dewey. Amongst Truman’s controversial accomplishments was helping establish the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the integration of the armed forces. History has been kinder to Truman than were his critics during the 1952 election.

Harry S Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri making today his 124th birthday. In celebration of Truman’s birthday, the US Mint sent out a release noting that they sell a 15/16-inch bronze medal honoring Truman’s inaugurations. The medal was design by John R. Sinnock (obverse) and Gilroy Roberts (reverse) was struck at the Philadelphia Mint.

Happy Birthday and give ’em hell, Harry!

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