The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Frederick Downs
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The Bridges, p. 15-62, Sept. 8th to Oct. 5th

• Lt. Frederick Downs arrives in Vietnam on September 8th, 1967.

• It does not look like an airfield in the middle of a war zone.

• Downs is a Lieutenant, fresh out of OCS, Officer Candidate School.

• Downs sees he is going to the 4th Division, based in Pleiku.
• Downs learns about Pleiku.

• Downs is taken to Duc Pho.

• Author discusses the basic situation in Vietnam.
• Reader learns about the brutality of war.

• Downs sees dead bodies for the first time.
• Downs is assigned to lead the 1st Platoon of Delta Company.

• Downs meets Sergeant Schaldenbrand and Radio Officer, RTO Mann, and Doc.

• Downs receives orders from Company Commander Captain Sells.

• The platoon drives 3 km. south of Montezuma Mountain base camp.
• Downs is surprised to see the normalcy in Duc Pho.

• Downs worries about mines and ambushes.

• The bucolic countryside is misleading...

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