Beilue: Bond with President Truman in conflict paid off for Amarillo man

The year was 1949, and a position for postmaster had been open in Amarillo about a year. In those days, stuffing this was a large deal.

There was most expectation in late July, though it seemed a foregone end that one of a some-more distinguished adults in city was in line for a job. It was so most so that it seemed to be a finished deal.

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At a luncheon on Jul 28, 1949, Congressman Eugene Worley announced a new postmaster. The stipulation was met with a murmer by those in attendance.

“When they announced, ‘Gordon B. Jordan,’” pronounced his daughter, Barbara Caldwell, “my mom pronounced she listened someone behind her say, ‘Who a ruin is Gordon B. Jordan?’”

The Amarillo Times had a screaming Pearl Harbor-was-bombed-sized title that afternoon: “JORDAN WILL BE NEW POSTMASTER.”

At his home on Ong Street, Jordan might have felt like a cat who swallowed a canary. This still bank teller during Amarillo National Bank had a crony in a high place.

Harry Truman, boss of a United States, was copiousness high.

“We had a large design of Truman in my parents’ bedroom,” Caldwell said, “and Daddy pronounced that if he got that job, he would pierce it to a vital room. When we forsaken by a house, it was in a vital room.”

At a reunion of their World War we battery and multiplication a prior month in Little Rock, Ark., Jordan had pointed over to a boss and finished discuss that his aged major was positively meddlesome in that Amarillo postmaster position.

“President Truman said, ‘Are we certain we wouldn’t wish postmaster jobs we have open in Austin or Oklahoma City?’” Caldwell said. “When Daddy pronounced ‘no,’ Truman said, ‘OK, we got it.’”

On today, Armed Forces Day, it is a sign there are few holds fake like those in battle. They don’t know amicable status. Time occasionally dulls a fraternity. Few forget when putting lives in any other’s hands.

Likely no area infantryman went to conflict alongside anyone some-more famous than did Lt. Jordan 100 years ago when he served directly underneath Capt. Truman in Battery D of a 129th Field Artillery in a 35th Armored Division in France during World War I.

Jordan was one of 10 children from Tulia, all of them vital in a dugout. Born in 1892, Jordan enlisted in Sep 1917, 5 months after a U.S. entered a war. Truman and Jordan initial met during Fort Sill in Jun 1918.

They were in conflict together in France, providing support for George Patton’s tank brigade, and were on essential assaults opposite a Germans in a Meuse-Argonne descent and in a quarrel that came to be famous as a “Battle of Who Run.” Many in Truman’s battery began to run when Germans started to repress their position until Truman laced them with impertinence and got them back.

Truman wrote to his destiny wife, Bess Wallace, each day during a war. It after became a book, “Dear Bess.” Three times Jordan is mentioned:

“Both of my lieutenants are all nap and a yard wide. One of them, Jordan by name, came behind with a horses and a other dual pieces to lift me out, and we had to sequence him off a hill.”

“Lieutenant Jordan is from a plains of Texas, has a southern drawl, is tall, and has brownish-red eyes. He can float anything that has a behind to lay on and is my equine lieutenant. He moves a battery with skins and cripples when it has to be finished that way.”

“Lieutenant Jordan of my battery and we walked opposite a small rivulet that had a high sounding stream name and over that all a bridges had been destroyed.”

When Jordan eventually went to Amarillo, and Truman to a White House from 1945 to 1952, that bond did not break. Jordan and mother Meta went to a coronation in 1949 after all members of Truman’s Battery D perceived invitations.

In 1951, Jordan and Meta met with Truman for 15 mins in a Oval Office. His daughter has a duplicate of Truman’s channel on Sept. 19, 1951: 9:45 a.m. (Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Jordan of Amarillo, Texas) OFF THE RECORD.

“Mother wrote me a minute and pronounced she cut her leg shred before assembly a president,” Barbara said. “She said, ‘Do we consider a boss will notice?’”

When Truman died a day after Christmas 1972, all of his aged Battery friends perceived golden engraved invitations and a special nomination to lay during a funeral. Jordan flew to Kansas City for a service.

“When he got to Kansas City, they announced that no one get off a plane,” pronounced Caldwell, 86. “I can frequency tell it, though Daddy pronounced a immature major got on a plane, came to him and said, ‘Are we Lt. Jordan?’ My daddy pronounced he was, and he saluted him and pronounced that he was during his service.

“A limo was watchful for them, and that immature major stayed with him a whole time. He pronounced he stayed outward his room, and told him if he indispensable anything, he’d get it for him.”

Truman knew what he was doing with Gordon Jordan. He would go on to be Amarillo postmaster, reputable by all who worked for him, for 14 years until retirement in 1963. Jordan died in 1986 during age 94. Two years later, a post bureau during 8301 W. Amarillo Blvd., subsequent to a UA museum today, was given his name.

For a boss and a postmaster, it was “we few, we happy few, we rope of brothers.”

Jon Mark Beilue is AGN Media columnist. He can be reached during or 806-345-3318. Twitter: @jonmark beilue.

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