In his story “Heat Stroke At It’s Best”, Bowman sufferers the effects of severe heat stroke. He declares that the temperature was “110 or higher” during the day and dropped to “80 or 90 degrees” at night. Bowman his lieutenant, who he saw as cowardly. This anger intensified as he grew woozy from the heat. The medic helped Bowman cool off and Bowman’s friends carried his bags for him. However, the lieutenant teased Bowman for this weakness. The already delirious Bowman went crazy and tried to kill his lieutenant. When they arrived at the aid station, it was revealed that Bowman had a temperature of “almost 105” degrees. Heat stroke was common in the Vietnam War and many of the soldiers would go shirtless and wear various face paints in an attempt to reduce heat.