An American soldier in the Vietnam War, assigned to the same battalion as Paul Berlin. Bernie Lynn dies after volunteering to clear a tunnel, following Lieutenant Sidney Martin’s orders. When he is shot by a Vietcong soldier inside the tunnel, Lynn dies—and his sudden, painful death is one of the key motives for the other soldiers’ agreement to kill Lieutenant Sidney Martin.
The timeline below shows where the character Bernie Lynn appears in Going After Cacciato. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...a battle scene. Lieutenant Sidney Martin has just commanded his soldiers—who include Doc, Rudy, Stink, Bernie Lynn , and Frenchie Tucker—to clear out a tunnel, and Frenchie has been seriously injured while... (full context)
...he’s “going home” because of his tunnel wound. Frenchie slowly dies, and Doc turns to Bernie Lynn . Bernie is bleeding profusely, from his throat down to his chest. Seeing that Bernie... (full context)
...a gunshot. Martin calmly says that another soldier will have to climb into the hole. Bernie Lynn volunteers to explore the hole. He climbs in, but before he’s made any progress, he’s... (full context)
July turns into August, and the soldiers begin fighting with one another. Stink and Bernie Lynn have an argument about basketball, and after a few moments of shouting they begin wrestling... (full context)
At the beginning of Berlin’s military service, shortly after the deaths of Frenchie Tucker and Bernie Lynn , Oscar Johnson is arguing with Sidney Martin. Martin wants to follow standard operating procedure... (full context)