David Fomby & Collin Johnson
"Thanks" and "In the Field" Summary
"Thanks" was written from the perspective of a soldier who experienced the war. It was saying that he was thankful for the small things that kept him alive despite the huge amount of violence and death surrounding him. All the opportunites for death that he faced yet there was always something there, perhaps by coincidence, saving him from death.
"In the Field" was a chapter about looking for a missing fellow soldier. During the night the men faced fire from the enemy and ended up losing a man named Kiowa. The men searched through the debris, mud, and water trying to locate their missing friend. Several of the men felt that they were responsible for his death, but in the end all that mattered was not leaving their beloved friend lost in the field.
"Thanks" - "Thanks for the tree between me & a sniper's bullet. I don't know what made the grass sway seconds before the Viet Cong raised his soundless rifle" (1-5). This passage is important to the reading as a whole because it explains that the author is thankful for the small things that occurred that helped result in him surviving.
"In the Field" - "He would not lose a member of his command like this. It wasn't right. Kiowa had been a fine soldier and a fine human being, a devout Baptist, and there was no way Lieutenant Cross would allow sucha good man to be lost under the slime of a shit field" (163). This passage is important to the reading as a whole because it gave insight to the feeling of the "leader" and how he was not willing to leave the man in the field, how he was going to do anything to find him so he could rest in peace.