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: Perhaps the greatest naval theorist of the modern period, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, was afraid of sea duty and avoided it as much as possible, was inclined to sea-sickness, and was inclined to wreck the ships he did command. A brilliant graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he disdained the curriculum there as trivial, made no friends, and served with little distinction on blockade duty during the Civil War. Yet he was undoubtedly an intellect and by the late 1880s he had been posted to the Naval War College where he taught history and established the writing career that made him famous.