Story from the Frontline of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell':
Clifton Truman Daniel

While I have no idea where my grandfather would stand on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I do know that he admired service and sacrifice. An estimated 66,000 gay and lesbian Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Coastguardsmen are willingly risking their lives to defend our nation, despite being treated as second class citizens.

I would hope that my grandfather would want his openly gay great-granddaughter and others like her to have the opportunity to serve the country they love with dignity and integrity.

Mr. President, as you have said many times, including in your State of the Union Address earlier this year, ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is the right thing to do. This year is the right time to do it.

I commend you for your commitment and hope the example of my grandfather, Harry Truman, will help you lead with the same courage and conviction to ensure the "equality of treatment and opportunity for all who serve our nation’s defense.”


Clifton Truman Daniel


April 27 – Captain Joan Darrah
April 28 – LCpl Danny Hernandez
April 29 – An Active-Duty Military Chaplain
April 30 – Captain Rebecca H. Elliott
May 4 – Former Ssgt Anthony Loverde
May 5 – Former First Lieutenant Laura Slattery
May 6 – Former Staff Sergeant Anthony Moll


  1. says

    In Plain Speaking, Truman hints that he knew about J. Edgar Hoover’s personal life and didn’t care one whit about it. He was concerned, however, about how Hoover conducted his business and overstepped his authority, which is why Hoover was never appointed to head the CIA.

    People today forget how deeply unpopular President Truman’s decision to integrate the armed forces was – far moreso than if President Obama were to repeal DADT right now. And Truman issued his order months before the 1948 election which he was widely expected to lose. The diference was, Truman had cojones while it’s increasingly clear that Obama does not.

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