Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Tiernan, L. Curtis, 1884-1960
Potsdam Conference, 1945; Clergy

Typed and Handwritten Memoir Draft of Former President Harry S. Truman, ca. 1954. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

From Section 96

next meeting in order to give the Prime Minister and the President time to consider these Soviet proposals.

After the meeting adjourned, I returned immediately to Babelsberg, where I was pleased to find Colonel L. Curtis Tiernan, Chief of Army Chaplains in the European Theater, at the Little White House. Monsignor Tiernan had been chaplain of the 129th Field Artillery of the 35th Division the outfit in which I served during World War I. The Monsignor was stationed in Paris during the second war. When I first landed at Antwerp, I had asked that he be brought to Potsdam for a visit. He spent several days with me at the little White House.

During the night rides of the Field Artillery outfit with which I served (I was C.O. of Battery D) the Padre, as in all affectionately called him, would ride with me at the head of my outfit and we would discuss the ill of the world both political and religious. He is one of the best informed men I've ever known and one of the kindliest. He is a good man and that says everything necessary.

(NOTE TO HST-You may wish to include here some anecdotes about the Padre.)