A Rumor of War

A Rumor of War


Philip Caputo

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Officer in Charge of the Dead

In light of his new position as an assistant adjutant—an administrator whose job it is to report on dead marines and dead Viet CongCaputo nicknames himself “Officer in Charge of the Dead,” and…

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Campaign Medals and Ribbons

Throughout A Rumor of War, campaign medals and ribbons symbolize Caputo’s evolving concept of heroism and eventual opposition to the war. At the beginning of his military career, Caputo coveted war decorations, considering…

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