The Narrator-Tim O'Brien - This is a native of Minnesota who is drafted the summer after he finishes college.
The Viet Cong - This is the shadowy insurgent army fighting to liberate southern Vietnam from the Americans.
Drill Sergeant Blyton - This is a professional soldier of the traditional kind who detests weakness and intellect.
The Chaplain - This character is friendly but is more of a military officer than a spiritual counselor.
The Battalion Commander - This character believes O'Brien is simply afraid of dying and ignores the questions of justice and morality.
Captain Johansen - This character is the blond, blue-eyed, tall commander of Alpha Company.
Mad Mark - This character had trained as a Green Beret and is dubbed mad because he is actually insanely calm.
Captain Smith - This is a short, fat, ROTC officer from Tennessee.
Major Callicles - This is a...
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