MEDIEVAL AND MODERN
443rd men were often dealing with people whose culture had changed little for centuries. In one instance, following the armistice in Morocco, Platoon A-4 was protecting the port of Safi. An elderly Arab, caretaker of a Moslem cemetery near one of the platoons gun-tracks, wandered over the battlefield and found a fragmentation grenade something hed never seen before. Noting that everything the Americans ate seemed to come from tin cans, he thought he had found something edible. He took it to his small, whitewashed, mosque-like building and proceeded to try to open it with his knife. Of course, when he pulled the pin it exploded. Hearing the explosion the platoon commander and two men ran to the site and found the old man stunned and with several, non-fatal shrapnel wounds, certain that the Americans had shot him. He went to the hospital and the lieutenant to the Arab Mayor of Safi to explain what had happened.
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