REFLECTIONS: The Inscrutable Americans

"Quiet and inoffensive" was the way his commanding officer had described Corporal Frank Aldrich. Yet Aldrich stood last week before a U.S. Army court-martial charged with murdering two Chinese soldiers on his wedding eve. The story told in court began with a bachelor brawl. Aldrich and three pals wandered around Nanking in a jeep, chased a couple of Chinese girls, and then stopped on the Chungho Bridge. "Hello!" said Aldrich thickly to some Chinese youths perched on the bridge rail. Chinese Air Force Corpsmen Wong Shou-pen and Ke Fating did not seem to understand the greeting. Suddenly Corporal Aldrich...

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