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The Truman year

In 1948 the U.S. Army offered a two year enlistment and you could pick the schooling and branch of service of your choice.

I enlisted on July 31, 1948, chose diesel school and the 7th Army Transportation Division. Upon completion of basic training and diesel school, I was assigned to a U.S. Army ship at Fort Eustis, Va. My enlistment was to be completed in July of 1950.

As we all remember, the Korean War started in June of 1950. Two days before my discharge, I was notified that I would not be discharged but would in fact be held in the Army for another year. Harry Scq Truman, the 33rd President of the U.S.A., Democrat, had in fact frozen the discharge of all military personnel and went so far as to recall recently discharged military personnel and those in reserves. Ted Williams, the great baseball player, had his career cut short when he was recalled.



The recent action of our government in regards to our military is not the first time but let’s all hope its the last time. The extra year of service that I did was called by the military the “Truman Year.”

Ray Rutter




Grass Valley


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