How is the narrator different from other young soldiers?
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The other young soldiers had received their medals because of their actions in wartime. The narrator had received his simply because he was an American.
The boys at first were very polite about my medals and asked me what I had done to get them. I showed them the papers, which were written in very beautiful language and full of fratellanza and abnegazione, but which really said, with the adjectives removed, that I had been given the medals because I was an American. After that their manner changed a little toward me, although I was their friend against outsiders.
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