1884- 1972 (88 years)
Harry Truman was the 33rd president of our great nation. He was born in Lamar, Missouri in 1884 and served as a captain in field artillery during World War I. After his military service, he was elected senator of Missouri in 1934. Finally, he agreed to run along side Franklin D. Roosevelt for the position of U.S. vice president in the 1944 presidential election. Upon Roosevelt’s death, Truman became president. When he started his new job as leader of our counrtry Truman said, "I felt like the moon, the stars, and all the planets had fallen on me." Then he learned about the Atomic Bomb, and even then he knew that was what he needed to do. Dropping the bomb would take many lives, but it would save many more. He made the decision to drop the atomic bomb. Though it left Japan in great devastation, Harry Truman will forever be know as one of the major War heroes of World War II.