Casualties of war
by Ross Lynch
In this book the main characters job is to basically crop dust the jungles of Vietnam.He sprayes the jungles with "Agent orange" witch is a substance that basiclly burns the forest with a combination of chemicals
The setting in this book is a U.S. Air Force base in Southern Vietnam named Phu Cat
Major and minor characters
The main character in the book is Beck.He is from Boston,New England.He is 19 years old.Other minor characters are Fingers,Becks partner for spraying Agent Orange onto the jungle,Carney,Becks friend for a day,but then he turns into a regular,Captain Avery,And Lt.Hall the co pilot of"The Thunder Pig"(Which is what the workers of the plane call the plane that sprays Agent orange on the jungle)
Agent Orange ( or Herbicide Orange ) is one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the U.S. military as part of its herbicidal warfare program, Operation Ranch Hand, during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.The sad truth about Agent Orange is that 40 years after the war , Agent orange is still reeking havoc on Vietnam,And the soldiers that fought there.
In this book Beck volunteers for the United States Air Force in honer of his friend who got drafted for the war.During one of becks fly overs they get shot down.Every body but Beck and Lt.Hall are killed in the crash.They scavenge for weapons,ammo,and food before leaving for their trek back to the Phu Cat(Theire air base).But on the way back they get taken prisoner by the Viet Cong forces. They are being taken to the Vietnamese base when they see an American Bomber fly over head and then...BOOM!!.They clear a field of EVERYTHING,And then send in choppers to go rescue Beck and Lt.Hall.Beck is only left with a head ach and.Lt.Hall on the other hand got his leg broken and is in the hospital . So beck gets to take a weeks leave and then comes back for more.