An American soldier in the Vietnam War, whose foot is blown off by a land mine, and later dies of a heart attack brought on by his own fear. Although Billy Boy Watkins has a very small role in the book, his death is a milestone event for the other soldiers, especially Paul Berlin, in part because it proves that a soldier’s greatest enemy is his own fear.
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...with Sarkin. Berlin overhears Doc telling Captain Rhallon “the ultimate war story”—the story of how Billy Boy Watkins died. Berlin feels sick, and tunes out Doc’s words. Sarkin points out the obvious... (full context)