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August 1, 2014 7:00 AM

Readorama: Harry Truman’s leadership abilities were forged amid the hell of war

In World War I, Truman was an artillery battery captain. His men were among about 27,000 in the 35th Division, made up of Missouri and Kansas National Guard units. During the Meuse-Argonne offensive, the division suffered about 7,300 casualties, including 1,126 dead. D.M. Giangreco, author of “The Soldier From Independence: A Military Biography of Harry Truman,” peaks Wednesday as part of the Kansas City Public Library’s first program commemorating the war’s centennial.

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