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World War, 1939-1945

Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall Destroyed by the Atomic Bomb

View of a partially destroyed building with dome, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall (now the Atomic Bomb Dome), as seen from the partially destroyed Motoyasu Bridge, looking north. The Motoyasu River is in the foreground. The building was destroyed by the atomic bomb and allowed to stand as a reminder and memorial.

President Truman Visits Troops in Germany

Lieutenant E.B. Kalber, a member of the 17th Combat Engineers, 2nd Armored Division (front right), reads the Presidential Citation to troops for building a bridge under fire across the Rhine River during World War II. President Harry S. Truman personally presented the citation while in Germany for the Potsdam Conference in 1945.  Platform (L to R): Brigadier General Harry H. Vaughan; Major General Floyd L. Parks; Secretary of State James F. Byrnes; two unidentified military officers; President Truman; Admiral of the Fleet William D. Leahy.