Lt. Frederick Downs
This is the main character and author of the book.
Corporal, later Acting Sergeant, Sergeant Schaldenbrand
This noncommissioned officer played checkers with anyone who was willing during lulls in the conflict.
Captain Harold Sells
This career officer, with about nine years in the military, had hesitations about killing civilians, and left the Army after the war.
Described as somewhat of a hillbilly who told a lot of jokes, this was a dependable soldier who became the first platoon member to die.
Radio Man, RTO Mann
This radio operator was married, had a son he had never seen, and made coffee constantly as one idiosyncracy.
This was the commanding officer of the companies that comprised his unit, and his name was military terminology for his rank.
This commanding officer of the Delta Six appeared in personseveral times, but mostly was...
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