an expert devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
Specialist Fifth Class Judy Duncan looked sharp in her dress uniform as she leaned against the Coke machine.
an army unit consisting of soldiers who fight on foot
We picked up about fifty more guys in Anchorage, most of them
infantry from Fort Lewis.
the armed forces of a nation
We landed at a commercial airport because of some kind of disturbance at the
a building or place that provides a particular service
We landed at a commercial airport because of some kind of disturbance at the military
a commissioned military officer
A tall, square-shouldered first
lieutenant gave out meal tickets, and we were told we could use them at the airport cafeteria.
a nonmilitary citizen
The people at the cafeteria were
civilians, and they didn’t want any part of our meal tickets.
a handheld collapsible source of shade
I bought a few souvenirs to send home, a little
parasol for Mom and some Japanese comics for my brother Ken.
equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles
“You will have your
gear ready to deplane the moment we touch down."
group of people willing to obey orders
personnel assigned to the Sixty-seventh Group or the 312th or the Twenty-third Battalion fall out and get in those buses over there."
an army unit consisting of a headquarters and companies
“Medical personnel assigned to the Sixty-seventh Group or the 312th or the Twenty-third
Battalion fall out and get in those buses over there."
an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army
There were Vietnamese
soldiers around, too.
bring or combine together or with something else
mingle some blood."
a state of peace agreed to between opponents
“They’re supposed to be signing a
truce or something in Paris."
a course introducing a new situation or environment
“I heard that the
orientation officer broke his ankle playing basketball.”
a prescribed number
“I got to kill eight more Cong before I get my
a disease caused by parasites transmitted by mosquito bite
Once a week for
malaria, twice a week if you’re too stupid to remember the day you last took them.
antibiotic used in the treatment of infections and diseases
They got venereal diseases over here that eat
penicillin for breakfast.
the food allowance for one day
Peewee looked out over the trucks, which were mostly packed with crates of
rations and supplies.
cover as if with a burial garment
In the other direction, where we thought the action would be, there were mountains
shrouded in haze.
shell containing lead pellets that explodes in flight
The captain who greeted us was wearing a flak jacket, the heavy vest that was supposed to stop bullets and
a noncommissioned officer in the armed forces
We were told by a
corporal that Alpha Company was “In the Deep.”
a commissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
“My father’s a
colonel,” Jenkins said.
move or cause to move back and forth
They kept at it for a while, Peewee
agitating until I felt that for him it was just some kind of sport.
move in large numbers
I could break the loneliness, the feeling of not belonging to the life that
teemed around me, by going to the basketball courts.
close observation of a person or group
“You could get into
surveillance with your test scores,” a lieutenant had said.
an outline of a solid object as cast by its shadow
On the very top they were black
silhouettes against the sky.
They seemed to do a kind of slow
lope, lifting their feet more than they had to.
the rational and systematic study of religion
“They said I can probably get into the
theology school there but they can’t accept me formally until six months before my admission date.”
a smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure
He had a
smirk on his face.
a procession of land vehicles traveling together
“They must have got a
convoy,” Brunner said.
the side of military or naval formation
Third platoon’s responsibility is just to protect the left
flank of the LZ.
diameter of a tube or gun barrel
caliber started spitting, and the shells came out at an enormous rate.
rushing about hastily in an undignified way
I saw something furry
scurrying just outside the wire.
compulsory military service
emit unsteady sounds, alternating in amplitude or frequency
Her voice was high and
wavered uncertainly as she spoke.
army unit smaller than a division
“They put three down on their reports, I send three in to
the act of moving forward suddenly
Suddenly it picked up speed, wheels squealing,
lurching from one side of the narrow street to the other.
feeling about to vomit
I was getting
nauseous from the stink.
paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters
We had some gung-ho
stationery, the kind with a picture of GIs jumping out of a chopper on it.
a three-legged rack used for support
Scotty was leveling the legs of the
tripod, and I jerked open the metal ammo case.
the watery fluid in which blood cells are suspended
One guy had a
plasma bottle strapped to his helmet.
ease the anger, agitation, or strong emotion of
We came into the village to
pacify the people who lived there.