LFM: Sarah Edmonds, Civil War Spy

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro: A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Civil War Union spy Sarah Edmonds spent a good part of her life disguised as a man. In the Army she often disguised her disguise. Although women were not permitted to enlist as soldiers in either army during the Civil War, perhaps as many as 400 did so by bending their gender. In April 1861 Sarah Edmonds, after four attempts, was able to enlist in Flint, Michigan, as a male volunteer named Private Frank Thompson.

 

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LFM: Elizabeth Zane and the Siege of Fort Henry

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro: A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In one of the last skirmishes of the American Revolution Betty Zane performed an act of exceptional heroism. The City of Wheeling was established at the juncture of Wheeling Creek and the Ohio River in the panhandle of West Virginia. The name is taken from a Delaware Indian term meaning skull, or head, which refers to the beheading of a party of early settlers. The story of Elizabeth Zane comes out of that turbulent era.

 

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LFM: Stephen Decatur

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Intro: A Moment In Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Among the most distinguished early U.S. Naval officers, Stephen Decatur displayed courage under fire and a political astuteness that, save for his death by duel, marked him for high office, perhaps even the highest.  Decatur was born in Maryland during the Revolution and educated at the University of Pennsylvania.  He first came to national attention during the War with Tripoli.  President Jefferson had ordered the U.S. warships into the Mediterranean to get at the pirates who were raiding U.S. ships from bases in the so-called Barbary states, Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, and Tripolitania.

 

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The Last Full Measure –Admiral Ernest King

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time (is presented by the people of _________ and) is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose devotion gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: During World War II, the organizer of the U.S. Navy's contribution to victory was a determined, often grumpy and taciturn, Scot, born November 23, 1878; Fleet Admiral Ernest Joseph King. Raised by his father, a hard working railroad foreman of Scottish heritage, King secured an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned in 1903.

 

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1968: Paris Student Riots I

Introduction: A Moment in Time, 1968: A special series on the 40th anniversary of a year of upheaval, in a world seemingly out of control.

Content: In 1968 France was still led by Charles de Gaulle. He was 79 years old, had saved the nation twice, once during World War II as head of the Free French Army and then rode to the rescue during the Algerian crisis in the 1950s. He was still around. Many of the young saw him as old-fashioned, past his prime - an aging autocrat who needed to move on.

 

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The Last Full Measure – Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam II

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time (is presented by the people of _________ and) is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: Captain Herbert Thornton only recruited volunteers into his elite unit. The bad air, booby traps, and the prospect of a horrible and bizarre death made the challenge of going down into the tunnels of Cu Chi, northwest of Saigon, and Vietnam in general, more than you could require of just anyone. They called themselves “Tunnel Rats” and took as their motto “Non Gratum Anus Rodentum” or in pidgeon latin “not worth a rat’s ass.” Thornton, the chemical officer of the First Infantry Division when it arrived in Vietnam in 1966 and one of the first to lead the group, thought the tunnel rats had a certain élan about them. He called them, “a sort of oddball hero.” “It takes a special kind of being. He’s got to have an inquisitive mind, a lot of guts, and a lot of real moxie into knowing what to touch and what not to touch to stay alive.”

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The Last Full Measure – Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam I

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time (is presented by the people of _________ and) is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: Connecting Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, Highway Number One meanders along the coastline of Vietnam until it reaches Hanoi in the north. Just few miles west of the former capital of the South, the highway bisects one of the most contested provinces of the two wars for Vietnam. Cu Chi province lies on the piedmont or Mekong terrace, between the dry foothills of the central highlands and the rich swampy rice fields of the Mekong Delta. One of the few places in South Vietnam where troops and armor could operate nearly all year long, it was like a dagger pointed at the heart of the South’s nerve center.

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