Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman, Bess Wallace, 1885-1982; Eichelberger, Clark M. (Clark Mell), 1896-1980; Truman, Margaret (Mary Margaret), 1924-2008
African American soldiers; Soldiers; Military ceremonies, honors, and salutes; Walking; Presidential assassination attempts

Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman, October 5, 1950. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

[New Hotel Jefferson St. Louis, Mo.]

Oct. 5, 1950

Arrived at Bellville Air Port at 3:55 Central Standard Time. The C.O. turned out the guard and I inspected it. Found several men with many ribbons and stars for engagements. A negro man had four stars and a citation. He must have been with Gen. Eichelberger. Anyway he was in the Pacific. He was naturally embarrassed when the President stopped to talk with him. For some reason, which I could understand if conditions were reversed-they all are! After inspecting the guard and inquiring about their stars and ribbons, we started for St. Louis in a closed car. It was cold and the wind was northwest. People all along the way wanted to see the President-not me!

Some of them saw me and the usual "There he is!" "Hello Harry" was the result. Most all the people in the USA are kindly happy people and they show it by smiling waving and shouting as above.

Because two crackpots or crazy men tried to shoot me a few days ago my good and efficient guards are nervous. So I'm trying to be as helpful as I can. Would like very much to take a walk this morning but the S.S. say that there are more crackpots around and the "Boss" and Margie are worried about me,--so I won't take my usual walk.

It's hell to be President of the Greatest Most Powerful Nation on Earth-I'd rather be "first in the Iberian Village."

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