Private Martin A. Treptow, A Real Hero

Just as Jimmy Carter's 1977 Inaugural Address sent Americans scurrying to their Bibles in search of the Prophet Micah, Ronald Reagan last week set the nation wondering about Private Martin A. Treptow, an obscure World War I hero. The new President, inspired by a letter from an unnamed admirer, quoted a passage from Treptow'sdiary: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."

Reagan was wrong in implying that Arlington...

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