Patches the baboon

Bowman’s experience in Vietnam evidently impacted his emotional state and stability. In one scene, he is talking with Gary about what they are going to do if they ever get home. He had to concentrate “to remember what [his] younger brothers and mother looked like” and “felt like [he] had lived in Vietnam all [of his] life”. He mentions how sometimes he would let himself fade into melancholy and that this could be difficult, stating that he would “want to cry” but would not “have any tears left because [he] shed them all on [his] buddies that have died”. One of his few consolations may have been the baboon he adopted, which is named Patches. Patches is featured in one of Bowman’s photographs in June of 1968.