Book Notes Chapter 3: Havermeyer Notes from Catch-22

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Catch-22 Chapter 3: Havermeyer

Orr, Yossarian's oddball tent-mate, boasts that he achieved his large, droopy cheeks by stuffing them with crab apples as a youth. Colonel Cargill, ironically concerned with the morale of the army morale-boosters, orders Yossarian's unenthusiastic group to attend General Peckem's U.S.O. show. The preoccupied men make frequent visits to Sergeant Towser, hoping to receive orders sending them homeward before Colonel Cathcart raises the number of required missions again. Doc Daneeka advises Yossarian to forget going home and to make the best of things like Havermeyer, the finest bombardier in the squadron. Unlike Havermeyer, who never misses a target and never takes evasive action, Yossarian does not care whether he hits targets or not. His only aim is to return intact.

"He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt, and his only mission each time he went up was to come down alive." Chapter 3, pg. 38

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