Michael Herr - He writes his dispatches from Vietnam for Esquire magazine.
Grunts - Enlisted Marines who fight the major battles of the Vietnam War.
Lurps (LRRPs) - These patrols consist of Special Forces Green Berets.
Cav - The nickname for the air cavalry, those units that fly helicopters.
NVA and VC - These are the two armies of the Vietnamese.
Colleagues - These are correspondents who receive special attention in the book.
Helicopter Pilots and Gunners - These men transport correspondents throughout Vietnam.
Marine Officers - These upper status men often talk about the war from a broad viewpoint.
Sean Flynn - He carries his father's good looks and fame and his colleagues admire his journalistic flair.
Page - A citizen of the United Kingdom, he uses his pluck and courage to stand out among correspondents.
Montagnard Tribes - These people live primitively and fight fiercely.
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