“Friendly” Fire

Bowman named another one of his stories “Who’s Friend was That?”. This one was dated May, 1967. During this time he was somewhere along the Cambodian border in a place called Angel’s Wing. He expresses how the soldiers are filthy, covered in dust and have dark circles surrounding their gaunt eyes. The soldiers were so sleep deprived that getting four hours of sleep at night was considered good. When there was an attack on the camp, Bowman goes to help the medic with the wounded and discovers that this was a situation of “friendly fire”,an accidental attack by Americans on Americans. Bowman mourns the pointless loss of the soldiers in this attack. This experience helped him empathise with the older soldiers he encountered when he first arrived, who believed that it was better not to get too close to the new soldiers because if they died it could be painful.