|The members of Beech Grove Lodge #690 surround President Harry Truman after the ceremony raising Donald Bauermeister, far left. Photo courtesy MWB Dwight L. Smith family.|
|Brother Donald Bauermeister prepares to dive from a platform on the Presidential yacht, Williamsburg as President Truman (3rd from right on deck) watches. Photo courtesy Truman Library, Independence, MO.|
Many men have formed friendships bonded in Masonry. This one is certainly one of the most unique. It was a friendship between two very different men. One was a successful and special man, but of no remarkable status. The other was a man of destiny, the leader of the free world. In part, the fact they shared a friendship says something not only about the country, but also the time they lived. In today’s world of sound bytes and handlers, it might not even be possible. Truman easily could have declined the invitation to attend Donald's raising; but he didn't and both men's lives were richer for it.
|Brother Bauermeister’s memorial, located in Washington Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana|