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The Auld Soldier could empathize

 The Auld Soldier would periodically have a bit of chinese grenade pop out of his arm over the years. Based on his airport experiences (the TSA can get stupid about things like this) he went to his grave still carrying his Korean War souvenir.

Weighty memento: war veteran's secret revealed after his death.


What kind of mass produced mine used then was filled with Phillips hed screws and bits of junk?

Looks more like an IED bodged together with bits found in a coffe can in some Grandfather's tool shed.
 Wire-fragment mines would account for the wire (though it does seem like a lot) but I wondered about the screws, too.  I also wondered if the boxes they use to hold the body and that goes into the crematorium might not use staples.
And it looks like several different types and sizes of screws too.  Not casting doubt on his bravery, just kind of doubt that all that came from a mine.
My Dad, "the Sar'Major' had two Purple Hearts on Peleliu. Both from Jap frag grenades. With the advent of metal detectors, he quit flying. Said it was too damned embarassing having to take his shirt off every time he flew. G-d Bless all of those who serbed.
 For the new Veterans coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq, we need to find a better way. If that Veteran is being treated by the VA, they could simply make a notation on his Veteran's Personal Identification Card. This is only done with the consent of the veteran. When the veteran travel by airline and he goes for his security check, he presents his Veterans Personal Identification Card and then he can tell th the TSA to, "Kiss Off"!

Actually, this concept should be for all veterans.
The problem is the idiots, not the metalic things. cf TSA vs. Joe Foss and his MOH.
 Given that some of the bits are the handles of fold-back clips, the provenance is unlikely to be WW2 shrapnel.
I have a feeling that the <i>Telegraph</i> added that photo for (as they say) "verisimilitude." No where in the article does it say that sfuff was the "shrapnel."

I wonder if that's a file photo of the junk the IRA used to make bombs?

Still, God bless Mr. Brown.
Wowsers. Just took a gander at the regiment at Wiki
Raised in 1685 in Nottingham by Sir William Clifton ... With the Childers Reforms of 1881, it became The East Yorkshire Regiment ... and in 1935 was renamed The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own), after its Colonel-in-Chief. In 1958, it was amalgamated with The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own), to form The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire.

It fought in the War of Spanish Succession, the Jacobite Rising of 1719 and in North America and the West Indies during the War of Jenkin's Ear, Seven Years' War and the American Revolutionary War. It again fought in the West Indies during the Napoleonic Wars, taking part in the invasions of Martinique (1809) and Guadeloupe (1810).

The Regiment spent most of the 19th century on garrison duty, both at home and throughout the Empire. The 1st Battalion was shipped to New Brunswick in 1862 at the time of the "Trent Affair", when Britain and the United States of America came close to war. The 2nd Battalion fought in the Second Anglo-Afghan War and the Second Boer War.

In World War I, sixteen hostilities-only battalions were formed, which fought on the Western Front, at Gallipoli, in Macedonia and Egypt.

In the Second World War, six hostilities-only battalions were raised. The Regiment fought in the Battle of France and was evacuated at Dunkirk. It took part in the Invasion of Normandy, the liberation of Western Europe, the North African Campaign, the Invasion of Sicily and the Burma Campaign.

The Regiment was in Palestine at the end of the British Mandate and took part in the Malayan Emergency in 1953-1956 before returning to Germany as part of the British Army of the Rhine. In 1958, it returned to Britain for amalgamation.

Those fellas have been around. Five VCs. I'll let y'all trot over there to read all the battle honours. :)

We've got an attorney locally, Vietnam vet, wears an eyepatch because he lost his left eye when he got hit in the head, and later on declined the extra surgeries to rebuild the socket and eyelids so a glass eye would remain in place.  He evidently still has some metal bits holding his skull together, because he sets off the metal detector at the courthouse every time he goes in.

The sherrif's deputies who man the checkpoint have all known him for years.  So when the detector goes "BEEEP!" he just steps aside, they run a hand wand over him to make sure it's only his head that's triggering the alarm, give him back his stuff, and let him go about his business.

Don't know what he does when he has to travel.

Of course, people with artificial hips and knees have the same issues.

Line I've always wanted to hear someone say to a TSA agent:  "Man, if you think it's really necessary to search the inside of my colostomy bag, I won't try to stop you, but..."