Captain Harry S. Truman’s letter to Bess Wallace
Captain Harry S. Truman’s letter to his fiancée Bess Wallace, dated February 18, 1919

Future President of the United States, Captain Harry Truman described details for his fiancée Bess Wallace about readying his artillery battery for review by the commander of the AEF, General John Pershing, and wrote: “The General told me . . . that he wanted me to take [my troops] home as clean morally and physically as when they came over.”
Courtesy National Archives, Harry S. Truman Library, Independence, MO