The Last Full Measure

I am once again sharing a story that was written 5 years ago and published on this blog. It’s a story of a young man who was born on the Fourth of July and then died while serving his country during World War. II.

Abraham Lincoln concluded his Gettysburg Address with these words:

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Today’s story is about a young man who gave his last full measure in order to preserve the freedoms we have and which we celebrate on this Fourth of July.  The Fourth of July happened to also be this young man’s birthday.

Norman Martin Miesner was born on July 4, 1918 in Jacob…

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