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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1952 BLYTHEVILLR (AKK.) COURIER NEWS The World Today: President Truman — Truman /s a Human And Humble Person; Facts Were Clear By JAMES MARI.OW WASHINGTON 1.41 President Truman, whether you like him or not, is an extremely human man, quick tempered, as humble as any man who ever occupied the White House, almost painfully loyal !o his friends in most cases, nnd with an astonishing ability to appear cheerful in the face of adversity. When he said he wouldn't run again it was probably the most important statement he'll ever make, from a political standpoint. But from the strictly human side he left the most important question unanswered: Why did he decide not to run? He or his friends may explain it some day. Mnybe it was as simple as this: He was geiling old and his wife wanted him to take it easy. But it was probably a lot more complicated than that because in the past year unpleasant events piled up on him, enough of them to tax the cheerfulness of any man. Decision Made, lie Said One year ago, on March 29, 1951. ho told a news conference he had reached a decision about, seeking another term but would flat disclose H until he was ready. In March, 1951, things were perk- Ing up a bit let Mr. Truman. The Americans In Korea were beginning to do well again, after their shattering reverses in (he 1950-51 winter: Gen. Eisenhower had gone (o Europe to build up the North Atlantic Treaty army: inflation was still with us, but moving slowly; employment was high; and defense production was making progress. NATO Dirt All Right If we won the war in Korea, inflation was checked, NATO diti all right, nnd defense production was rolling, Truman might have been able to feel just about this time in 1951 that he could ask the voters for anolher term In the White House with some feeling of confidence he might get it. But by last Saturday night, March 29, u-hirh was one year to the day since he had said he had reached a decision, rebuffs and re- versos had piled up for Truman so the decision he announced Saturday night, not to run, might have been just (he opposite of the decision he had reached a year ago. The war In Korea has bogged down; Truman had suffered a humiliating defeat in the New Hampshire primary and even in Minnesota Sen. Kefauver beat him on the write-in vote; the smell of corruption in government had spread across the countryside; and he knew he had reached a low in popularity. « Malvern Officer Awarded DSC For Heroism in Korean War FT. BILI,, OWa. (IP>— A 23-year- old Malvern, Ark., Armv officer has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest, militerr decoration, for heroism In Korea. He is Lt. Walter R. Rhodes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dock Rhodes. Rt. 8, Malvern. The citation shows that: On Sept. 23, 1951, Rhodes went trp Heartbreak Ridge, near Pla-Rl, Korea. He was attached as s forward observer to an Infantry company. Moving «p with the assault elements, Rhodes took a position exposed to enemy fire in order to direct the fire of his own company. During the action, he carried ammunition to the hard-pressed infantry, making numerous trips up a steep slope. He later picked up a rifle and rallied the men about him to stop an enemy counter-attack. While serving with the 37th Field Artillery Battalion of the Second Division In Korea lor 15 months, Rhodes also vas awarded the Stl- ver star, the Bronze star and a Purple Heart. A graduate of Glen Rose, Ark., High School, Rhodes has been In the Army for three and a halt yenrs. He now Is attending artillery school at Ft. Sill. Rhodes.received his DSC during a ceremony here in which 42 other Korean veterans were decorated. "It's nice to have tms," Rhod« b said, looking at his new medal. 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