President Truman and the Banning letter
When asked later in his life what was his toughest decision as President, Mr. Truman stated that it was the decision to enter the Korean War. He must have spent many agonizing nights pondering decisions which he knew would bring trauma to many American families. One letter which must have had a sobering effect was the one below from Mr. Banning of New Canaan, Connecticut. Harry Truman kept this letter in his desk drawer for many years. Mr. Banning included in the envelope his dead son's Purple Heart.