A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War

by

Philip Caputo

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A marine who is helping Caputo and Sergeant Gordon man the outpost that is “a thousand yards forward of C Company’s lines.” Caputo thinks that boredom has led to terror, causing the private to shoot “several shots at something he heard moving in front of his position.” Though Caputo tries to ease the young man’s mind, Buchanan remains crouched down, with his finger on the trigger of his rifle, staring tensely at the jungle.
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PFC Buchanan Character Timeline in A Rumor of War

The timeline below shows where the character PFC Buchanan appears in A Rumor of War. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter Six
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After nightfall, PFC Buchanan ’s boredom gives way to terror. He fires several shots at something he has heard... (full context)