Truman Confers Medal of Merit on Rosenman, Pays Tribute to His War Services

In a surprise ceremony, following his press conference today, President Truman conferred the Medal of Merit on Judge Samuel I. Rosenman, his special counsel. The President had revealed a few minutes earlier that Judge Rosenman was resigning as of Feb. 1.

Mr. Truman paid high tributes to Judge Rosenman, saying that some day, when an accurate history is written, Rosenman would receive the credit which is his due. He called Rosenman’s services to two presidents and to his country “as able and as devoted as it has been self-effacing.” The President revealed that Rosenman had sought to resign in April, 1945, and that he had persuaded him to stay. Truman said he would frequently call on Rosenman for help as President Roosevelt had done.

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