U.S. troops arrive in the Sinai

Wearing flamboyant orange berets and somber brown camouflage uniforms, the 676 members of the 82nd Airborne Division bounded down the ramps of the two blue-and-white El Al jumbo jets. After a 14-hr, flight from Fort Bragg, N.C., they were emerging into the 80° temperature of the Sinai Peninsula—and spearheading a new role for the U.S. in the Middle East. There was a brief delay when it was discovered that the soldiers, like careless tourists, had forgotten to fill out Israeli immigration cards. Finally, clutching their M-16 rifles, the...

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