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Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) Statement by the President

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01683 Author/Creator: Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed document signed Date: 15 November 1945 Pagination: 1 p. ; 27 x 21 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01683 Author/Creator: Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Typed document signed Date: 15 November 1945 Pagination: 1 p. ; 27 x 21 cm.

Signed and corrected by Truman. Honors the tenth anniversary of the Philippine commonwealth. Praises the Filipino people and notes the ordeals they experienced during World War II and the Japanese occupation. Remarks that they "are spiritually worthy of independence."

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