Staff Sergeant Peter Drake describes the strenuous physical conditions that he and other soldiers endured. He discusses the experience of infantrymen, including those who were drafted and those who volunteered. He also describes the experience of serving in the air-mobile divisions in the Army, a new type of warfare that blended infantry and helicopters for the jungles of Vietnam.
The finally story follows the experience of an older man who had served in Korea. His story is vastly different from the younger men that served, as he had been discharged from the military but reenlisted after college due to the lack of employment opportunities. His service in Vietnam started before the combat troops were on the ground in combat roles, as he was part of the military advisor program designed to assist the South Vietnamese military.