Going After Cacciato

Going After Cacciato

Frenchie Tucker Character Analysis

An American soldier in the Vietnam War, assigned to the same battalion as Paul Berlin, Bernie Lynn dies while clearing a tunnel, following Lieutenant Sidney Martin’s orders. When a Vietcong soldier shoots him from inside the tunnel, Lynn dies a sudden, painful death, providing his friends with a clear motive to kill Lieutenant Sidney Martin.

Frenchie Tucker Quotes in Going After Cacciato

The Going After Cacciato quotes below are all either spoken by Frenchie Tucker or refer to Frenchie Tucker. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 22 Quotes

A few names were known in full, some in part, some not at all. No one cared. Except in clearly unreasonable cases, a soldier was generally called by the name he preferred, or by what he called himself, and no great effort was made to disentangle Christian names from surnames from nicknames. Stink Harris was known only as Stink Harris. If he had another name, no one knew it. Frenchie Tucker was Frenchie Tucker and nothing else. Some men came to the war with their names, others earned them. Buff won his name out of proven strength and patience and endurance. He had no first name and no last name, unless it was to call him Water Buffalo, a formality which was rare. Doc's name was so natural it went unnoticed; no one knew his first name and no one asked. What they were called was in some ways a measure of who they were, in other ways a measure of who they preferred to be. Cacciato, for example, was content to go by his family name; it was complete. Certain men carried no nicknames for the reverse of reasons that others did: because they refused them, because the nicknames did not stick, because no one cared.

Related Characters: Stink Harris, Cacciato, Doc Peret, Frenchie Tucker, Water Buffalo / Buff
Page Number: 145-146
Explanation and Analysis:

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Frenchie Tucker Character Timeline in Going After Cacciato

The timeline below shows where the character Frenchie Tucker appears in Going After Cacciato. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 9
Vietnam and the Chaos of War Theme Icon
Discontinuity and Trauma Theme Icon
...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 doing so, seemingly... (full context)
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Discontinuity and Trauma Theme Icon
Survival and Self-Preservation Theme Icon
Doc tends to Frenchie, who has been shot “through the nose.” Doc gives Frenchie special painkillers and whispers that... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Vietnam and the Chaos of War Theme Icon
Obligation vs. Escape Theme Icon
Discontinuity and Trauma Theme Icon
The chapter begins with the death of Frenchie Tucker. Tucker has just stepped into the tunnel, and been murdered while trying to secure... (full context)
Vietnam and the Chaos of War Theme Icon
Obligation vs. Escape Theme Icon
Survival and Self-Preservation Theme Icon
Martin had ordered Frenchie Tucker to climb into the tunnel. At first, Tucker refused to endanger his life. Many... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Obligation vs. Escape Theme Icon
Survival and Self-Preservation Theme Icon
...with the soldiers moving through the villages along a great river, the Song Tra Bong. Frenchie Tucker is still alive, and Paul Berlin keeps busy writing letters to his parents. He... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Vietnam and the Chaos of War Theme Icon
Obligation vs. Escape Theme Icon
Survival and Self-Preservation Theme Icon
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... (full context)
Chapter 45
Vietnam and the Chaos of War Theme Icon
Obligation vs. Escape Theme Icon
Discontinuity and Trauma Theme Icon
Survival and Self-Preservation Theme Icon
...out on the water. He thinks about the “facts.” Buff, Ready Mix, Rudy Chassler, Pederson, Frenchie Tucker, Bernie Lynn, and Sidney Martin are all dead. (full context)