The commander is the captain of the navy ship that Hà and her family board to leave South Vietnam. Hà likes and respects the commander, which she realizes is because when he’s in his navy uniform, he looks like Father. The commander does everything in his power to get his passengers to safety, taking a slow river route to avoid bombs or capture and then doling out rations slowly to ensure everyone on the ship has enough to last until they’re rescued.
The Commander Character Timeline in Inside Out and Back Again
The timeline below shows where the character The Commander appears in Inside Out and Back Again. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1: Saigon
Part 2: At Sea