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During World War II and Korea, Harry S Truman presented no fewer than 112 Medals of Honor. The American President was a combat veteran of World War I and understood well the nature of battle and the courage represented by the Medal he loved to drape around the neck of an American hero. It was his custom as he leaned forward to drape the distinctive blue ribbon around the neck of a sailor, soldier, airman or marine to remark, "I would rather have this medal than to be President."

Many of our American Presidents have graced the Oval Office after first serving in the uniform of the military.  Some of them developed interesting insights into both military and public service.  Below are quotes from five Presidents who were distinguished officers in the military before elective office.  See how many quotes you can match to the correct President.


"I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way; but I am not fit to be President."

 Your Answer


  1. George Washington
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Harry S Truman
  5. Dwight Eisenhower

"If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War."

Your Answer


  1. George Washington
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Harry S Truman
  5. Dwight Eisenhower

"The necessary and wise subordination of the military to civil power will be best sustained...when lifelong professional soldiers, in the absence of some obvious and overriding reasons, abstain from seeking high political office."

Your Answer


  1. George Washington
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Harry S Truman
  5. Dwight Eisenhower

"The idea that I should become President seems to me too visionary to require a serious answer. It has never entered my head, nor is it likely to enter the head of any other person." Your Answer

  1. Andrew Jackson
  2. Zachary Taylor
  3. Ulysses Grant
  4. Harry S Truman
  5. Dwight Eisenhower

"No triumph of peace is quite so great as the supreme triumphs of war."

Your Answer


  1. George Washington
  2. Andrew Jackson
  3. Theodore Roosevelt
  4. Harry S Truman
  5. Dwight Eisenhower

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