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Philip Caputos first quote was from the beginning of the war when everything was wonderful and Americans had no doubts The second quote was only a year later but a lot can change in a year and Caputo saw this first hand The first quote was at a time when the American soldiers were told that A running Vietnamese was a fair target no matter what Even if they didnt have a weapon they were to be shot at This was hard for Caputo and others to understand at first but they did what they had to do During the beginning of the war the American soldiers had this thought that nothing could bring them down they were unvinsible in their own eyes anyways The psychological pain seemed like it was worse then the actual physical pain they endured in the beginning At night with all of the noises of the forest the men didnt know what or where things were coming from The day time didnt seem much better The sun and the thickness of the forest didnt make things any easier for the men Many of the casulities were not from the VC directly they were from the booby traps and the mines When they did encounter the VC the snipers anyways most of the time they couldnt tell where they were firing from Which in turn added to the psychological stress The turning point for Caputo seems to be when the guy next to him was shot at It was so close to Caputo and he realized then that anything could happen at any given time nothing was certain in war During the year as the war went on many men lost their timid ness of killing innocent people As one man put it I mean the thing that bothers me about killing her is that it doesnt bother me pg 314 They now could kill village people and not
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