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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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