In past wars fought by men in the 25th Division, certain distinctions were clear. There were the battlefields and the rear. There were friends and enemies. There were civilians and combatants. Furthermore, the country in which operations took place served as a great stage, of sorts, with the inhabitants acting as extras in the great drama of war. The exact location— be it Guadalcanal, Korea, or any other land—was an accident of history and almost irrelevant to the nature of the experience.