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Truman’s Battery D returned to the United States on April 20, 1919 and were welcomed by the Mayor of New York and a band playing “Home, Sweet Home.”    On May 3, 1919, the entire 129th Field Artillery received a tumultuous welcome during a parade in Kansas City.  Several days later the men received their discharges.  For Captain Truman and Battery D, the Great War was over.

On June 28, 1919, Truman won his greatest victory when he married long-time sweetheart Bess Wallace. 

Although Bess wrote that he could invite the entire 35th Division if he wanted to, it was a small ceremony at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Independence.  

His best man was one of his fellow soldiers—Ted Marks  

The wedding date was ironic.  On that same day the Versailles Treaty was signed, formally ending the war. 

And on the same date exactly five years earlier, the war had begun with the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand a continent away.

 

 

 

 

Exhibition Dates

Heroes or Corpses: Captain Truman in World War I is on display from March 10 through December 31, 2018.