MP2005-23 Harry S. Truman Public Appearances in Missouri 1954-1958

(music) At Wentworth Military Academy in
Lexington, Missouri, they celebrated their 75th anniversary this week, and among
those who attended, former president Harry S. Truman, about to get another
title. (music) It’s Colonel Truman now. The man who’s been a judge, a senator, vice
president, and president made an honorary colonel in the Wentworth Cadet Corps.
Later at the Academy’s parade ground, the corps passed in review before the new
colonel from Independence. (music) (film noise) (faint audio) Just a few miles south of Kansas City, Missouri, is Grand View Air Force Base, the nerve center of the Joint Central Air Defense Force. This special film report was prepared by Major Dick Maloney of the Air Force Reserve, and Sam Feeback, veteran news cameraman. Here to introduce this report on Operation Skywatch is Colonel Harry S. Truman of the US Army Reserve. Colonel Truman. Thank you, Randall. I want it distinctly understood that Colonel Truman is a field artillery man. (laughter) It’s good to be home again in the United States of America, and it never looked so good to me before except when I came back from the first world war. One of the most comforting sights is the almost routine appearance of jet planes over our great city. Yet I wonder how many of us ever stop to realize and appreciate that these planes are symbols of our military strength and preparedness. Major General George Crab (?) and his excellent staff of Army, Navy, and Air Force officers at Grand View Air Force Base are dedicated to maintaining this preparedness not only
for the Kansas City area, but for nearly 19 states from the Canadian border to
the Gulf of Mexico. The Grand View nerve center of the Joint Center Air Defense Force is just a part of this vast military network comprising the Central Air
Defense. The Ground Observer Corps is a most vital part of this plan, and this year is marking its fourth anniversary of Operation Skywatch. There are presently a very large number of observation posts throughout the United
States, but an additional 13,000 posts are
needed to assure a complete Skywatch program. I should like to make a personal and urgent appeal to all of you to help in every way possible towards
realizing this goal. Operation Skywatch is open to all: house wives, students, professional men. All Americans young and old can contribute to the safety and security of our great nation by volunteering their services for
Operation Skywatch. (film noise) (off screen) Gentleman, his honor the Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe Bartle. Greetings, members of the National Press Photographers Association. As the titular head of Kansas City, Missouri, I bid you welcome to the heart of America for your nineteen hundred and fifty eight convention. This morning I have the honor and pleasure of presenting to you a very charming and delightful young lady, Miss Pat Callahan, who is Miss Press Photographer of Kansas City. Miss Pat, Greetings. You’re going to Washington, aren’t you? Yes, I am. I want you to do two things for the mayor while you’re in Washington. First of all, I want you to approach the distinguished president of the National Press Photographers Association, our good neighbor from St. Louis, Mr. Art Whitman. I want you to present to President Whitman this gold key to Kansas City, Missouri, and ask him to bring all of his colleagues of the Association to Kansas City, this great pulsating, progressive city in the heart of America in their convention in 1958. It would be a pleasure to do so. And the second thing, I want you to bring home top honors, because in my book you’re sweet and charming and wonderful. And now may I say, gentleman, I present to you Missouri’s most distinguished citizen, a great American, the honorable Harry S. Truman – my friend [unintelligible] Thank you, Mayor Bartle. How do you do, Gentleman? This is Harry S. Truman. I live in Independence, Missouri, and present time I’m not employed. It’s a pleasure to speak to the National Press Photographers as a friend. Many of you spent a lot of time with me, and as you know I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the members of the One More Please Club. [unintelligible] pleasant memories of my days when you were my constant companions, so I count you as my friends because you treated me as a friend. I’d like to see you again, specifically in 1958 during your National Convention. The greater Kansas City News Photographers Association is inviting you and I join them to bring the National Press Photographers Association convention to Kansas City in 1958. I’d like to see you come to Kansas City for many reasons. For one thing, I’d like you to see my new
library in Independence, which will be open soon. As a matter of fact if you bring the National Photographers Association to Kansas City, I’ll give you a personally conducted tour through the library. You’ll be interested in it, I know,
because so many of you were part of the historical events which are mirrored in
the building. Many of your pictures will be there. It’s
my sincere hope that you have a wonderful time in Washington this week –
and I know you will. It’s been nice to talk with you again. We’ll be expecting to entertain the National Press Photographers Association convention in Kansas City in 1958. (film noise) (silent) (film noise) (silent) (film noise) (silent) (film noise)

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