A religious, highly moral soldier who serves in the same battalion as Paul Berlin, Jim Pederson is regarded as the voice of right and wrong among his fellow soldiers: he’s shown to be more ambivalent than most about the soldiers’ actions, and protests when the soldiers propose burning a Vietnamese village. Pederson is wounded during his time in Vietnam, and is taken to a hospital, where his fate is left unclear.
Jim Pederson Quotes in Going After Cacciato
The Going After Cacciato quotes below are all either spoken by Jim Pederson or refer to Jim Pederson. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Broadway Books edition of Going After Cacciato published in 1999.).
Chapter 11 Quotes
They spent the night along the Song Tra Bong. They bathed in the river and made camp and ate supper. When it was night they began talking about Jim Pederson. It was always better to talk about it.
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Jim Pederson Character Timeline in Going After Cacciato
The timeline below shows where the character Jim Pederson appears in Going After Cacciato. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...with Doc Peret trying and failing to save the life of a wounded soldier, Jim Pederson. A helicopter arrives and carries Pederson’s body away while the soldiers watch. The soldiers are... (full context)
Paul Berlin marches alongside his fellow soldiers, trying not to think about what’s happened to Pederson. As he marches, his lieutenant—not named at this point—uses the radio to order a strike... (full context)