Daniel Inouye: You have certain responsibilities as a platoon leader. I wanted to make certain before I left that the men were deployed in positions of defense, because you can always count on the enemy counterattacking. Once you’ve pushed them out, they try to get back. We were now at the high point, and I might as well tell you now, but most people think I got hit by Germans, right? No. In the early stages of World War II, the Italian army, navy, air force surrendered. If you think back to the African war, they surrendered. They sunk the navy, the aircraft were all burnt. One division refused to surrender, the Bersaglieri. They were the — I would say the successors to the Praetorian Guards. In the old days the Praetorian Guards protected Caesar, the dictator. These were Bersaglieri troops, crack troops, protected the king. And their attitude was, “We will put down our arms if the king tells us to do so.” Well the king was nowhere around, it was run by Mussolini. So they fought until the end of the war, and these brave fellows, when the war came to an end I think there were less then 500 out of the whole division. And so if you go to my office you’ll see the hat and the plaque. I’m a member of the Bersaglieri, because years later — I’m a senator now, chairman of the defense committee — I was in Rome as part of the negotiating team for the use of Aviano, the airport. And after the negotiations were finished, I looked at the prime minister and I said, “I’m looking for someone who fought with the Bersaglieri.” He says, “Why?” and I told him. “These were brave men. None of them ever surrendered. They fought until they were killed or wounded, and I just want to shake their hands to say that it was an honor fighting them.” He says, “This general is in charge.” A battalion of Bersaglieri was run by a four-star general, that’s how important they were.