LFM – Skip Bombing

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: Military innovation is often born of desperate circumstances. When Maj. General George Kenney took over allied air operations in the Southwest Pacific in summer 1942 he faced a daunting set of problems. He had to craft a working relationship with his boss, the brilliant if imperious theater commander General Douglas MacArthur, who had little respect for air power despite the fact that it was the chief offensive weapon he had at his disposal in those perilous months. He had to shape an effective alliance with the Australian Air Force whose two top Air Marshalls detested each other. Then he had to overcome a Japanese enemy whose planes outnumbered his own and up to that point were everywhere ascendant in that part of the Pacific.

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The Last Full Measure – Captain Eddie Rickenbacker

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: His racing exploits earned him the name "Fast Eddie." He participated in the 1912, 1914 1915 and 1916 Indianapolis 500 and ended up years later buying the racetrack and running it until 1945. Yet, it was in the air that Edward Vernon Rickenbacker revealed true genius, courage, and skill. Born the third child of eight to William and Elizabeth Rickenbacker of Columbus, Ohio in 1890, he revealed a daring spirit from almost the beginning. His years as a racecar driver gave him a lucrative income and also brought him into contact with pilots of those newfangled air machines.

LFM- The Golden Thirteen

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 sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: Despite its long history of racial accommodation, usually born of necessity since it was always having difficulty recruiting sufficient numbers of sailors, by the early twentieth century the U.S. Navy was aping the Jim Crow prejudice of the rest of American society. That began to change for good during World War II with the patriotic torrent of negro recruits after Pearl Harbor and finally with the commissioning in June 1944 of the Golden Thirteen, the first black officers in Navy history.

The Last Full Measure – Jose Nisperos

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 sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: In September 1911 Philippine Scout Private Jose B. Nisperos, in extremely violent action against Moros insurgents, became the first Asian to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. That he should be fighting at all at the side of American soldiers in the Philippines emerged from the debate at the highest levels of the US government over whether the United States should become an imperial power. At the conclusion of the Spanish-American war, America received Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines from Spain. Eventually the imperialist argument won because as an emerging power the US saw economic opportunity in East Asia and wished to have a base there.

The Last Full Measure – Founding of the Coast Guard

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 sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: The United States Coast Guard was founded in 1915, but its roots go far back into American history. Other agencies preceded it or became a part of this consolidation: The Revenue Cutter Service, often called the Revenue-Marine, the Lighthouse Service, the Steamboat Inspection Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Lifesaving Service.

The Last Full Measure – Operation Babylift

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 sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: In the closing days of the Vietnam War, with the North Vietnamese literally at the gates of Saigon, the United States rescued thousands of Vietnamese orphans from harm’s way. Two years after the cease-fire agreement between the US and North Vietnam, the latter began its final assault on the South. In the midst of this chaos, many service organizations began begging the American government to help evacuate thousands of orphans from their facilities in Vietnam. Of particular concern were the offspring fathered by and left behind by American and European soldiers. These Nguoi Lai, or mixed race children, would have been particularly imperiled under the regime of the victorious North Vietnamese.

The Last Full Measure – John Paul Jones

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 sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.

Content: In the annals of the United States Navy, no name shines brighter than John Paul Jones. Born in Scotland in 1747, Jones was drawn to the sea and by 1772 was master of his own merchant ship, Betsy. In a crisis of leadership, Jones' crew mutinied and Jones killed a crew member. Sensing that he would be held responsible, Jones fled to the American colonies where, attracted to liberty and the revolutionary cause, he offered his services and skills to the new Republic, receiving one of the first commissions issued by the Continental Navy.

The Last Full Measure – William “Billy” Mitchell

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: Billy Mitchell’s experience as Army air combat commander during World War I showed him that future success in warfare depended on air power. His problem was that he just couldn’t keep quiet about it.