“Truman got word of the bombing on board a cruiser.”
The moment you use the word of, you’re at risk.
Everything after of, for the entire balance of the sentence,can be interpreted as one thing, or not.
Of is one of many flimsy words in the English language, words which don’t carry their weight, words which create more problems than they’re worth.
Others: have, it, and that.
More to come regarding these devils.