A Native American soldier and assistant to Captain Black, Halfoat enjoys tormenting “the white man,” including his tent-mate, Flume, whom he vows to murder in his sleep. At the same time, Halfoat promises that he himself will die of pneumonia come winter. Halfoat does indeed end up dying this way.
The timeline below shows where the character Chief White Halfoat and Flume appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Chief White Halfoat
Chapter 6: Hungry Joe
...he smashes him in the face with his paddle. An enormous fight breaks out, and Chief White Halfoat accidentally punches Moodus, Dreedle’s loathed assistant and son-in-law, in the face. (full context)
Chapter 9: Major Major Major Major
Chapter 12: Bologna
Chapter 25: The Chaplain
...out into the woods, the chaplain, exhausted at this point from physical exertion, runs into Flume, Chief White Halfoat’s former tent-mate, who has been living in the wild out of fear... (full context)
Chapter 32: Yo-Yo’s Roomies
...his new tent-mates, and runs into Chief White Halfoat, who is drunk and complaining about Flume. Flume has recently moved back into their tent, because he expects that Halfoat is about... (full context)