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.

Last Full Measure- C-Rations

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: They have survived brutal blizzards, blinding sandstorms and fallen thousands of feet from planes and helicopters. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines both hated and loved their C-rations. In the 1930's, the Army subsistence laboratories were given the responsibility of creating food rations that could survive perilous situations. Previously, water-and-flour wafers, something like biscuits, and bitter chocolate bars were the mainstay for soldiers in the field. Unfortunately, they were repulsive and often crumbled or melted in the heat.

 

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LFM: Massachusetts 54th Colored Regiment

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: During the Civil War, the south was not the only region of warring America where blacks faced a struggle to overcome racism. In the north, they fought for the right to fight. In the early days of the Civil War, African Americans in the north and in areas liberated by Union armies were not allowed to fight for the Federal cause. When a group of blacks tried to form a local militia in Cincinnati they were told, “we want you damned niggers to keep out of this, this is a white man’s war.” The vast majority of northerners were just as bigoted, just as prejudiced as southerners.