James N. Rowe - This character is in Vietnam during the height of the conflict between Vietnamese and Vietcong forces. He is stationed at Tan Phu and is known to his fellow soldiers as Nick.
Rocky Versace - A graduate of West Point, this character serves as an advisor to the Vietnamese. He is twenty-six and has volunteered for a six-month extension to his one-year term as advisor.
Tim Barker - A captain in the United States Army, this character is being held as a prisoner of war and meets Rowe, Dan, Dave and John in Rowe's third year of captivity.
Dave Davila - This character is captured fairly early in Rowe's captivity and he seems to be a fighter early during the captivity.
Ben Wilkes - This character is a staff sergeant who has been in captivity for about a year when he is taken to...
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