October 23, 2013

Today in history: The ‘camouflage kippa’ and the 1983 Beirut bombing

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(RNS) Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff was one of the first responders to the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that left 241 Americans dead. After he used his yarmulke to wipe blood and dirt off a wounded Marine, a Catholic chaplain fashioned a camouflage yarmulke for Resnicoff from his uniform.

Arnold Resnicoff

(RNS) Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff was one of the first responders to the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing that left 241 Americans dead. After he used his yarmulke to wipe blood and dirt off a wounded Marine, a Catholic chaplain fashioned a camouflage yarmulke for Resnicoff from his uniform.

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(RNS) "After I had used my kippa (skullcap) to wipe blood and dirrt off the face of a wounded Marine, Catholic Chaplain George Pucciarelli made me a makeshift "camouflage kippa," using material he tore off his uniform."