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In 1917, young Martin Treptow left America to join the forces already entrenched in the battlefields of France.

Private Treptow later died while attempting to deliver a message between battalions. On his body was a diary, when examined, it revealed an bit of prose that has now become known as Private Treptow's Pledge.

The story was brought to national attention during President Reagan's 1981 Inaugural Address.

Private Treptow's Pledge: ''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.''

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