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General Harry H. Vaughan Oral History Interviews


Oral History Interviews with
General Harry H. Vaughan

Personal friend of Harry S. Truman since 1917; military associate in World War I and subsequently in the Field Artillery Officers Reserve Corps; treasurer for Senator Truman's 1940 reelection campaign committee; secretary to Senator Truman, 1941; a liaison officer for the Truman Committee, 1944; and Military Aide to Mr. Truman when he was Vice-President and President, 1945-53.

Interview Transcripts
January 14 | & January 16, 1963

See also Harry Vaughan Papers finding aid and interview conducted by the William Jewell College Oral History Project.

[Notices and Restrictions | List of Subjects Discussed]


These are transcripts of tape-recorded interviews conducted for the Harry S. Truman Library. A draft of each transcript was edited by the interviewee but only minor emendations were made; therefore, the reader should remember that these are essentially transcripts of the spoken, rather than the written word.

Numbers appearing in square brackets (ex. [45]) within the transcript indicate the pagination in the original, hardcopy version of the oral history interview.

These oral history transcripts may be read, quoted from, cited, and reproduced for purposes of research. They may not be published in full except by permission of the Harry S. Truman Library.



List of Subjects Discussed




A-bomb project, 68
Anderson, Clinton P., 49
Armed Forces, desegregation of the, 144-145
Army Reserve-National Guard merger, proposed, 126-128
Army, Secretary of the, 131
Ayers, Eben, 90
Aylward, James P., 50

Ball, Joseph H., 75-76
Baltimore Sun, 90
Barkely, Alben W., 113
Battery D, 129th Field Artillery, 39, 51
Baylor University, 142-144
Berenstein, David, 47
Berry, Brig, Gen. Lucius, 2, 3-4
Blackstone Hotel, Chicago, I11., 66
Blair, James T., Jr., 115
Boyle, William, Jr., 57
Bradley, Gen. Omar N., 129
Brandt, Raymond P. (Pete), 153
Bridges, Styles, 75
Budget, Director of the Bureau of the, 130-131
Burton, Harold H., 61
Byrd, Harry F., 70
Byrnes, James F., 66, 67, 69, 70, 73-74, 148

Cabinet, the, 85, 86, 91
Camp Crowder, Mo., 54
Camp Lee, Va, 54
Camp Pickett, Va „ 54
Camp Ripley, Minn., 12, 26
Canfil, Fred A., 37-38, 53
Cape Girardeau, Mo., 45
Churchill, Winston S,, 83, 84, 116, 136, 137

    • speech at Westminster College, Fulton, Mo., March 5, 1946, 136-142
      Truman, Harry S., friendship with, 140-142
  • Civil rights, 145-146
    Clark, Bennett C., 52, 72
    Clark, Charles P., 57
    Clifford, Clark M., 121
    Connelly, Matthew J., 57, 137, 149-150
    Conran, James V., 42
    Conway, Rose A., 88
    Curtis, Thomas B., 99

    Daniels, Jonathan, 89
    Davis, Manvel H., 53
    Defense contracts, World War II, 55
    Democratic National Committee, 112
    Democratic National Convention, 1944, 65-71
    Denfeld, Admiral Louis E., 129
    Dennison, Admiral Robert L., 121, 128
    Dickmann, Bernard F., 50
    Dickson, Charles M., 122
    Dodds, Harold W., 132
    Drescher, George C., 79, 80

    Eichelberger, Gen. Robert L., 98
    Eisenhower, Dwight D.

    • Assistant Commander-in-Chief, proposal to appoint as, 122
      MacArthur, Gen. Douglas, comments re as a Presidential candidate, 1948, 119-120
      as 1952 Presidential candidate, 113, 117-121
      Presidential candidate, 1948, availability as a, 117, 120
      Radford, Adm. A.W., appointment of as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 130
      Truman, H.S., promise of support by for political office, 121
      Vaughan, Harry H., first meeting with, 115-116
      Vaughan, Harry H., relations with as Military Aide to the President, 134-136
      and the White House staff, 100
    Erkin, Feridun C.,