Summary Of Philip Caputo's Rumor Of War

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In Rumor of War, the author, Philip Caputo, brings many themes and concepts of The Vietnam War to the table. These points are thoroughly supported throughout the rest of the novel. Philip Caputo’s first hand experience, which was laid out in his 1977 memoir, is simply about war. Every aspect was described in it such as the things men do in war, and the things war does to them. It is about his service, at the young age of twenty, in the United States Marine Corps. He entered the war because he thought he could be a hero, due to the large amounts of propaganda, and the fact that he thought it was going to be a quick war. He was wrong. Philip Caputo illustrates the unique experience of war. The author shows what the soldiers go through physically…show more content…
Caputo’s first assignment was to guard an air base. This task was very boring, there was little to no action. Caputo craved for action and excitement. Finally the three platoons were called into the war. When they got called in, the battalion was suffering from island fever. When Caputo was there, he felt left out because the men who were there previously were making jokes and having a good time, but Caputo couldn 't relate. “Becuase they did everything and went everywhere together, shared the same experiences and harships, a high degree of comradeship developed among them. Like the marriage of cells in a body, each marine, each squad, each platoon, and company was bonded to the other to form an entity with a life and spirit all its own, the battalion”(32). Caputo is explaining the comradeship that war forms. Caputo felt like he could not relate to them because he has not really been in much action yet. Caputo was inexperienced compared to the others, he ended up embarrassing himself and feared the criticism that would come from the…show more content…
The plan was to provide security and to free the ARVNs to fight. Caputo’s squad were considered heroes to these men that needed help. This task was boring, there was thirty-nine casualties, not from the VC, but from the heat, sun, and diseases. Coffins were brought out right on the spot. The battalion suffered from a spiritual disease ‘la cafard’ also known as depression. Simple tasks like shaving and eating, seemed enormous and impossible(68). A few operations later, after a couple days in the bushes and a couple of days out of it on a repeating schedule, the men changed into new men. Philip Caputo hoped for something to happen, but then didn 't at the same time. The gross tents smelled like a locker room because of the continuous sweat from the scorching heat that was up to one hundred and ten
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