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May 7, 1945: Early Monday morning, President Truman made the news known via radio to the nation. People across the country, across Appanoose County listened. Shopkeepers listened. The workers at Hercules Manufacturing listened. Sirens in town blew-first the fire siren on top of City Hall, then the big steam siren on top of the ISU power plant. Appanoose County's fighting men heard the news. J.B. Kelley heard it on Okinawa. They heard it in Europe; radio gunner O.R. Parks heard it with his air crew flying over the Pacific. Raymond Ferren working for the signal corps in the Lafayette warehouse on Montparnasse, Paris heard it and all the wild celebrations conducted by the Parisians. In Centerville perhaps the happiest man was T.C. (Tom) Ruggles, dean of Centerville Junior College. He had watched the young men leave ... those to serve in the army ... those trained to be pilots in the Army Airforce. He'd ached over every death, looking on each boy as his own. (506/507& Interview)