He paid homage to those friends because some of them passed away fighting and O’Brien wanted to show what made them special, especially because the men who fought and died in Vietnam often came home disrespected and ignored. Every story helped to shine light on the men who lost the fight. O’Brien went into incredible detail about what exactly made each man in his platoon special, especially if there was a story to lay to rest. By sharing these stories, themes of homage and sacrifice were explored as O’Brien hoped to explain what their friendship was and why it was so
During war, as seen in We Were Soldiers a soldier can see some very disturbing things. It is these things, such as seeing a close friend get shot, killed or blown up that can cause severe mental trauma. The way the American soldiers always took care of their own, while heroic, was costly. The American motto is “No man left behind”, this means that no matter what shape the soldier is in, his body will not be left where he died. Seeing someone get shot, and then trying to recover him while being shot at, or holding the injured soldier as he’s bleeding to death, will cause the memories to be ingrained in a soldier 's mind for the rest of his life.
This connects to the theme by showing age can have an impact on somebody. As I kept reading, in the middle of the book RIchard Perry and his other soldier and friends who were older, began to get injured and killed in action from the war. Another quote from the book shows that Richard was happy that he hasn’t severly injured anyone or killed anyone else, “I’m not a killer,” I said. He looked at me and smiled. I hated him saying that.
When Perry is given the option to return to the United States early because of his medical profile, he declines. Perry knew that without him, the squad would be one man short; therefore, he risked his life in order to protect his friends. Another man who displayed heroism was Lieutenant Carroll. A squad member named Brew described a firefight where Lieutenant Carroll risked his life to save the entire squad. He said, “When the chips were down, he put his ass on the line for the guys” (Myers
Tim O’Brien killed a man while he was on guard although it was to protect the rest of the soldiers he was fighting in the war with he still felt guilty. Tim imagined how much of a great life or how he may have lived his life up until the day that he was killed by Tim O’Brien. Tim felt both the responsibility and guilt of the person that he killed while saving his own life in the process. Seeing a body as it is lying down in front of you nearly dying and there is not a chance of saving them could leave a scaring memory that would never go away all due to the fact that it happened right in front of your eyes and mostly because of you. Tim may have tried to forget or not think of what had happened but the death of someone usually never goes away and is somehow always a lingering memory that could not be
The reason why Yossarian wants to forget about this mission is because Yossarian lost one of his men, Kraft, during the mission and Yossarian regrets doing the mission. Even though Yossarian lost a soldier, Colonel Cathcart promotes Yossarian to Captain. Due to this first experience, Yossarian’s goal during the war is not to be a hero, but just to survive and do whatever Yossarian needs to do to live through the war. Since Yossarian’s goal is to survive, the next mission, Bologna, Yossarian does all means necessary to get the mission cancelled or rescheduled. When the mission gets rescheduled, Yossarian goes out to fly, but claims the intercoms are not working and Yossarian tells his co-pilot to fly back to the base in
Soldiers go through traumatic experiences in and out of war. In war, soldiers sacrifice themselves to protect their country. Odysseus somewhat sacrifices himself to bring him and his men to safety. Losing people is a big obstacle when in and out of war. Watching your friend and fellow soldier die in front of you is one of the most horrendous experiences a soldier can face, this experience
Examples of this can be found in Stoic Warriors in the chapter entitled “Sound bodies and sound minds.” Army captain David Rozelle lost his right foot in a mine explosion. After receiving proper medical attention, Rozell was able to recover and persist through grueling workouts. He is resilient but at the same time, he is honest about the loss of his foot. We can view Rozell accepting the loss of his foot as an indifferent. He is not obsessed with having his foot back and he is able to continue living his life without it.
Futility means pointlessness or uselessness. Futility reflects the changing mood of the soldiers because they witness each soldier being killed and the mourning of death. The soldiers experience a good persona when they are enlisted for the war as they are seen as heroic and that they are noble for serving their country but then their personas decrease as they realise that its more difficult
Leadership provides the structure necessary, in which to overcome the fundamental chaos of war and enable the success of missions, which knowingly may lead to the death of those involved. The premise of Saving Private Ryan is that soldiers, although questionably, will still willing give their lives for the sake of the mission, which becomes brutally apparent with the deaths of most of the soldiers in the unit trying to save Private Ryan. A wars success cannot rely on the morality of the war, nor a human beings ability to overcome an aversion to flee or kill, it relies on the abilities of leaders to inspire and lead. The gruesome reality is as Ehrenhaus states, “War is a moral chaos”