Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Harry S. Truman (18841972)
They said we were soft, that we would not fight, that we could not win. We are not a warlike nation. We do not go to war for gain or for territory; we go to war for principles, and we produce young men like these. I think I told every one of them that I would rather have that medal, the Congressional Medal of Honor, than to be President of the United States.
President HARRY S. TRUMAN, remarks at presentation of the Congressional Medal of Honor to fourteen members of the Navy and Marine Corps, October 5, 1945.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Harry S. Truman, 1945, p. 375.