The Things They Carried Character Descriptions

Tim O'Brien
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Jimmy Cross

Lieutenant of the platoon and in love with Martha.Can't handle the death of one of his men, so he burns all of his letters and photographs to lose all of his distractions.

Norman Bowker

He carries a diary and the thumb of a dead Viet-Cong boy.

Henry Dobbins

This large man is the machine gunner for the platoon and likes to carry extra rations.

Dave Jensen

The "hygiene" man who carries soap, extra socks, a toothbrush, and Dr. Scholl's foot powder.

Rat Kiley

The platoon's medic who carries brandy, M&Ms, and comic books.


The Native American solider from Oklahoma who carries moccasins and a copy of the New Testament.

Ted Lavender

This soldier is described as so scared, he needs tranquilizers and dope to survive. He is shot in the head after retuning from relieving his bladder near the village Than Khe.


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