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E
earth, 19, 23
Easter, 16
EM [enlisted men's] Club, 93, 191, 196, 206
embarrassed, embarassment, 57, 88; See shame
emotionless
response to Lavender's death, 18, 20
Martha, 24-25,
boredom, 34
response to draft, 57, 60
Rat Kiley, 67, 69, 85
Mary Anne, 110
man Tim killed, 130
tone of Bowker's letter, 156
Kiowa's death, 175
during field visit, 184
Tim and Jorgenson, 201, 203, 207, 217
enemy, enemies
Strunk and Jensen, 62, 63
must listen to your, 76
Mary Anne as, 116
man Tim killed, not seen as, 132
as ghosts, 202, 221
Ethiopia, 28
Europe, 232
Evinrude, 55
evil, 69
enough, 39
enemy, 44
Garden of, 80 
in the midst of, 81
ground, 168
capable of, 200
approaching, 210
exhaustion, 102
explosions,149, 171

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F
facts, 118, 134
falling
emotional, 21, 22, 23, 50, 104
physical dying, 65, 79 
family. See Bowker's father 
Kathleen, 180-186
Kiowa's father, 173
platoon as, 194
faucet, 34
FBI, 50
fear
of blushing, 21
of dying, 21, 133, 189, 205, 222
of facing reality, 44, 45, 190
of exile, 45
of dentists, 87
of remembering, 159 
effects of, 190
on night guard, 205
feathers, 22
field, images of
weeds, 44 
quicksand, 142
sewage, 145
soup, 145
boiling, 148, 169
finger painting, 235
Finn, Huck, 58; See literary allusions
Firebird, 151
firecracker, 62
fireworks, 138, 144, 147, 150, 154
fishing line, 60
flag, 187
flank security, 25
flashlight, 100, 101, 170
floating feeling, 18, 22, 23
floodlights, 244, 246
Fonda, Jane, 58, 206; See movie
food and drink
beer, 91, 156, 191, 194, 209
booze, 206
brandy, 9
breakfast, 29
bug juice, 9
cake, 243
can[ned food] 23, 227, 241
candy, 2, 230
candy bar, 204
chewing gum, 2
chewing tobacco, 14
chocolate, 31, 113, 122
chocolate milk, 237
chow, 94, 145, 203, 217
coffee, 27
cookies, 227
corn, 146, 233
cotton candy, 151
c-rations, 33, 78, 98, 175
dinner, 135
dish, 213
food, 103
fries, 151, 152
gin, 27
hootch, 175
hot chow, 14
ice, 138, 193, 194, 202, 203, 245
ice cream, 233, 242
Juicy Fruit, 73
jungle juice, 75
lemonade, 133
M&Ms, 9
Mama Burgers, 151, 152
meals, 91, 104, 223
nuts, 34
oatmeal, 125
packets of Kool-Aid, 2, 11
peaches, 2, 122
peanut, 239
popcorn, 230
pork and bean, 78
rations, 2, 6
rice, 95, 129
Rice Krispies, 126
root beer, 151, 152
rootie-tootie, 151
salt tabs, 2, 194
sausage skins, 243
Shredded Wheat, 125
soup, 145
soybeans, 233
supper, 150
tropical chocolate bar, 11
water, 2, 6, 14, 65, 115, 119, 137, 138, 140, 146, 148, 149, 150, 154, 160 162-176, 181, 186, 187, 189, 195
watermelon, 120 
football, 47; See games
footsteps, 33, 202, 208
forget
coffee, 27
wages, 53 
to vote, 177
vivid details, 199
forgive, 27, 134
Formica, 46
"forty-three years old," 32, 34, 38, 179, 225, 245; See O'Brien, Tim
Fossie, Mark
his idea about Mary Anne coming to Vietnam, 93-94
relationship with Mary Anne, 95
introducing Mary Anne to Vietnam, 96-98
changes in Mary Anne, his fears about, 98-112
medical discharge, 115 
Fourth of July, 16, 141
foxhole, 65
Lt. Cross's, 1, 17
playing checkers in, 32
monotony, 34
Jensen's
, 63
Strunk's, 64
narrator's, 71, 76, 227
"no skeptics in," 202
freedom
longing for, 22, 31, 35, 156 
physical, 25, 91
French, 45
Friar Tuck, 50
friendship
Jensen and Strunk, 65, 66
Rat and Lemon, 67-70, 79, 85
past friends, 139 
Kiowa, 187, 192
fries, 151, 152
funeral, 227
funeral home, 245

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G
games, 69
backgammon, 104
baseball, 51, 93, 139, 141, 192
basketball, 14, 155, 160
cards, 92, 99
catch, playing 70
checkers, 32
chess, 14
dominoes, 40
follow the leader, 33
horseplay, 37
golf, 41, 167, 178
jump rope, 160
ping pong, 32
rules, 82, 103, 112
Scrabble, 49
volleyball, 4, 23, 28
yo-yo, 54, 70, 72, 73, 80 
garage, 187
garbage, 107
Garden of Evil, 80
gate, 108, 109
geisha nurses, 22
Geneva Accords, 40
genie, from a bottle, 213
Germans, 232
Germany, 232
ghosts, 9, 10, 181
GIs [government issue], 145, 168
gifts, 8, 54, 68
gin, 27
giving up, 48, 188
glass, 109, 208
glee club, 74, 75, 77; See music
glory, 21
glue, 18
Gobbler Café, 45, 52
God
swear to, 17, 45, 71
promising to, 19 
a witness like, 60
in the world, 81
existence of, 138, 139
as expletive, 152
blaming, 177
as creator, 220
Going After Cacciato, 158, 159
golden arches, 23
golf course, 167, 177; See games
Good Conduct Medal, 141; See army commendations
goodies, 239
government, agencies of, 143
gravity, 15
Green Berets, Greenies, 116
antisocial, 92
speculation about, 101,102 
gone with Mary Anne, 105
seduction of, 107
Special Forces hootch, 108-112
fate of Mary Anne, 113, 115
gremlins, 205
grills, 137
grief, 17, 18, 20
Guatemala, 28
guilt
Lt. Cross', 23, 27, 169, 177
about writing, 34-35
Bowker's, 143, 156, 176
young soldier's, 170, 176
through presence, 179
Nick Veenhof's, 235
narrator's, 236
Gulf of Tonkin, 40
Gustafson, Sally Kramer
driving with Bowker, 138
being married, 139
Bowker thinking about stopping at her house,140
if not married, 141
hearing story about Kiowa, 145-146 
sunset over her house, 153

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H

Haiphong Boys Choir, 74
Halloween, 68, 86, 203, 239
hallucination, as sporting event, 58; See games
halves, 150
hamburgers, 51
hammer, 63
Hanoi, 42, 73, 182
happiness, 12, 35, 99, 119, 139, 174, 212, 246
harness, 166
Hartford, 16
Harvard, 41, 157
hate, hating
love and, 17
Martha, 24
camping, 41
Jorgenson, Bobby, 191, 200 
headlights, 153, 154
hearing, 18, 44, 74, 108
Heidi, 126
helicopter, 91, 93, 127, 177, 190; See transportation terms
helicopter blades, 37
helplessness, images of, toppled overboard, 57
hero, 39, 48, 210
hick, 49
hide-and-go-seek, 115; See games
high school band, 147, 150; See music
highway, 1, 23, 192
Hitchcock, 217; See movies
hinges, 148, 208
history, 45, 211
Hitler, 44
Ho Chi Minh, 40, 182
Hoffman, Abbie, 58
hole, star-shaped, 124, 126, 129, 130; See "Man I Killed, The"
Hollywood, 83; See movies
home, 104, 177
hometown, 45, 155, 158
honor, 21
hook, 147
hootch, 175
Special Forces', 92, 95, 102, 106, 108-111
searching them, 101
burnt, 136
"across the," 195, 196
Alpha Company, 193, 197
narrator's, 203, 206, 209, 211
medic's, 217
trick-or-treating, 240 
hope
for love, 1, 29
hump as dullness of, 15
not to die, 19, 125, 242 
and grace, 40
narrator's, 131, 160, 188
Linda's, 245
hopeless, 146
Hopkin, Mary, 209-10
horror, 209
Hospital, 91st Evac, 191
hotdogs, 58
hours, 205
house, 94, 99, 120, 135, 137, 138, 139, 140, 150, 153, 159
hump, 21, 34,75
definition of, 3, 4
enduring, 141 
hurt, 17, 56

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I
If I Die In a Combat Zone, 156-157
imagination
of escaping the war, 8, 22-23
platoon's, of ghosts, 10-11, 204
narrator's, 44, 59, 132
as element of story, 230
in the pink, 33
incense, 109, 202
Indian, 18, 19, 122
indoor plumbing, 145
ink, 18
innocence, 97, 105, 113, 228
intercom, 151, 152
International Falls, 47
invisible, 72, 151, 208
Iowa, 155, 159

J
Japan, 190, 213, 224
jealousy, 94, 95
jeep
Kathleen in a, 182, 185, 187
at Headquarters Company, 193, 198, 200 
Jensen, Dave
things he carried, 2, 3, 9, 10, 13, 14
learns a rain dance, 36
fight with Strunk, 62-66
fights two wars, 63
at Lemon's death, 70
death of the baby buffalo, 80
sings "Lemon Tree," 83
Kiowa's death, 175
stand-down with Alpha Company, 193
Bowker's story, 195-196
eats dinner with Sanders and Azar, 203
deals with the dreams, 220
meets their first kill in Nam, 226-227 
Jersey, 8, 9
Jersey shore, 9, 12
Jersey shoreline, 8
Jesus, 94, 95; See Christ, Jesus
an owl as, 50
Dobbins as, 120 
believed in, 164, 192
Jimmy. See Cross, Jimmy
jingo, 42
Johnson, Lyndon B. See LBJ
Joint Chiefs of Staff, 58
joke, 20, 173, 221, 264, 242
Jorgenson, Bobby
introduction, replacing Rat Kiley, 190-193
story about Morty Phillips,195-198
apology to narrator, 198-200
images of his fear, 199
conspiracy against, 203-204
like a little boy, 204
scared by narrator and Azar, 206-211
the shock and aftermath, 214-218 
joss sticks, 109
Juicy Fruit, 73
jump rope, 160; See games
junior college, 143, 150, 159


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