PRESIDENT HARRY S TRUMAN - DOCUMENT SIGNED CIRCA 1951 - HFSID 88103
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The President signs his approval of an undated memorandum from Acting Secretary of Defense Robert Lovett.
Typed DS: "OK HST", 1p, 8½x15½. No place, no date. Draft communiqué, classified "Restricted", from Robert Lovett, Acting Secretary of Defense, to President Truman. In full: "There follows a draft statement referring to your friendly sentiments toward the other American republics. It would be helpful to us in the conduct of our inter-American relations if a statement along these lines could be made public by you in the near future. This statement would also serve to acknowledge the many congratulatory messages which you have received from citizens of the other American republics. Statement by the President. Quote. I have been tremendously heartened by the numerous messages of congratulations and friendship which have reached me, directly and indirectly, from citizens of all the American republics. I regret that it is impossible for me to acknowledge personally these many messages, much as I would like to do so. The peoples of the Americas must continue to work together for their economic and social progress. It is my sincere hope that during the coming years our bonds of inter-American friendship will be still further strengthened, and that practical measures of cooperation will increase the welfare and happiness of all our peoples. Unquote." Penciled changes (unknown hand). LOVETT (1895-1986), who did not sign, had served as Undersecretary of State and Undersecretary of Defense under George C. Marshall before succeeding Marshall as Secretary of Defense. Serving from 1951-1953, Lovett played a key role in the prosecution of the Korean War and was instrumental in the reorganization of the Department of Defense. TRUMAN (1884-1972), a veteran of WWI, was a County Judge (1922-1924, 1926-1934), U.S. Senator from Missouri (1935-1945), President Franklin Roosevelt's third Vice President (1945) and President of the United States (1945-1953). Among his many momentous Presidential decisions were dropping atomic bombs on two Japanese cities (1945), the Marshall Plan of economic aid to rebuild war-devastated Europe (1947), the Truman Doctrine of aid to nations resisting Soviet aggression or communist subversion (1947) and sending U.S./U.N. forces to resist armed attack on South Korea (1950). A C-SPAN poll of historians (1999) ranked Truman as America's fifth greatest President, outranked only by Lincoln, Washington and the two Roosevelts. Lightly creased. Folds, light vertical fold touches the crossbar of the "T". Staple holes at blank left margin, chipped at lower edge. Overall, fine condition.
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