Tree of Smoke - 1970 and 1983 Summary & Analysis

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The chapter titled 1970 opens with James Houston in Vietnam. He's obviously become a hardened soldier. Bill Houston is released after a year in prison. He immediately gets drunk but then sobers up for a meeting with his parole officer and gets a job.

James and his unit are on patrol when a grenade kills one of their men. James is furious and blames a unit of Green Berets for having sent them into the dangerous situation. James gets back by throwing a grenade into the midst of their unit. They beat him severely. At one point, James and some other soldiers brutalize a young girl, killing and raping her. James is discharged though he's already agreed to another tour. The commander says it isn't fair to turn James lose on the American people but says he won't allow James to remain in the war...

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