The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War Short Essay - Answer Key

Frederick Downs
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1. Describe the scene when Lt. Frederick Downs arrives at the airfield for the first time.

When Lt. Frederick Downs arrives in Vietnam, on September 8th, 1967, he is surprised that the lights are blazing at the airfield. The airfield does not look like it is in the middle of a war zone as the area seems peaceful and quiet.

2. What is Downs' rank? Where does Downs go on his first assignment?

Lt. Frederick Downs is a Lieutenant fresh out of Officer Candidate School. Downs is assigned to 4th Division, based in Pleiku, in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam.

3. Who gives Downs details about his destination? What does the man say?

The truck driver transporting Downs gives details about Pleiku. There are many Vietnamese working there in the area. The region is filled with farmland and villages of Vietnamese civilians.

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