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: From dimmest memory US Marines have been called "leathernecks." Members of the Corps bear that designation with pride but the term actually began as one of derision. The history of the term goes back to the 1700s. In the Prussian military, officers wore a neck cloth made of silk, velvet or black ribbed leather.