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Harry S. Truman as Commander in Chief

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Caleb Haverstick

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“I don’t know if you fellas ever had a load of hay fall on you, but when they told me what happened yesterday, I felt like the moon, the stars and all the planets had fallen on me”
Background
WWII
The Cold War
After the Yalta Conference in Poland, the USSR began to violate some of the agreements that were made. During this conference it had been agreed that the newly liberated areas of Europe should be allowed to choose their own type of government. The USSR went back on this agreement by placing communist officials in control of the governments in these areas. Truman met with Stalin to try to negotiate this but they accomplished nothing. As the USSR advanced control over Iran and Turkey, Truman sent troops over to Europe as an intimidation tactic against the Soviets. Truman also joined the US with NATO at this time. During the Cold War Truman also advocated for the creation of the Hydrogen bomb in order to combat the nuclear weapons created by the Soviets.
Only a month after Truman had been sworn into office, Nazi Germany surrendered to the Allies. After the UN Charter was signed, Truman attended the Potsdam Conference to discuss post-war measures. The main concern was the threat of the current conflict with Japan. Truman believed that it was too risky to try and invade so he approved the use of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki and Hirsohima. In this situation he made a very important decision for the US military.
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Monday, October 31, 2016
Vol XCIII, No. 311
What Constitutes the Role of Commander in Chief?
Commander in Chief
Korean War
Commander in chief is defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary as "one who holds the supreme command of an armed force". This role is one of the seven roles of the President of the United States. Throughout his presidency, Harry S. Truman exhibited this role throughout his efforts in WWII, the Cold War, and the Korean War.
On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea without warning. Due to this invasion, the UN was forced to take action against North Korea. Truman and General Douglas MacArthur planned to send troops to South Korea in order to intervene with what was happening. The US successfully managed to push the North Koreans back to their border. Truman then gave the order for the US troops to cross the border and secure the victory.
Harry S. Truman as Commander in Chief
Harry S. Truman became president very suddenly in 1945 after serving as vice president under FDR for only 82 days. This was due to Roosevelt suffering a massive stroke and then dying. When he was sworn in he was immediately thrown into the role of commander in chief since the US was in the middle of WWII.
- Harry S. Truman
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