A man wrapped entirely in gauze, with only a hole for his mouth, the Soldier in White is believed to be dead by many, including Yossarian, and is later proved dead by doctors. The other patients find the presence of the Soldier in White in the hospital to be disturbing.
The timeline below shows where the character The Soldier in White appears in Catch-22. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: The Texan
Chapter 17: The Soldier in White
Chapter 34: Thanksgiving
...for the first time, and he enjoys it. Yossarian leaves the chaplain and sees another Soldier in White , wrapped entirely in gauze. Yossarian begins screaming, saying that the Soldier in White has... (full context)