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.
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.
This character is the blond, blue-eyed, tall commander of Alpha Company.
This character had trained as a Green Beret and is dubbed mad because he is actually insanely calm.
This is a short, fat, ROTC officer from Tennessee.
This is a man who acts like a brave man, goes on crusades...
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