I chose this for a symbol for two reasons. The first reason is Richie likes basketball. Back in Harlem he would play basketball with his friends and neighbors. The second reason is people who are from a specific state often like their states teams. A lot of New York people like the teams in New York so I chose the basketball team from New York.
The Purple Heart
The purple heart is given to people who signify courage. Many soldiers that are wounded and survive earn this medal. In Fallen Angels, Richie got two of these medals. So I chose this as a symbol to show the courage Richie had during the Vietnam war. For his whole life he will carry this honor.
This picture reminds of the good times of the squad being together and working as a team to survive. We all went through a lot but we were like a family. We had a close bond with almost everyone on the squad so it s a memory that I will always keep.nnThis is important because its not something I can take back. I went to Vietnam and went through what a lot of the soldiers went through. I also made friends that were like family.
This is a picture of dog tags that are used in the army to identify soldiers. This reminds me of when the bodies were burned because the squad didnt want the soldiers to be manipulated by the Vietnamese soldiers. Unfortunately, a soldier on the squad left the dog tags in the spot where the bodies were being burned. nThis is important to me because its depressing to know that the families wont know that one of their soldiers had died in war.
This reminds me of all the times the squad and I rode on this. I remember when I was injured and Brew died. As much as the soldiers tried to help save him... he couldnt be saved. I remember that he wanted to be a priest when he got out of war.nThis is important because its sad to see people who have goals and future plans for themselves die. Theyll never be able to have the chance to see the world and accomplish great things.
Journal Entry (Descriptive)
<p> Me and Peewee were out in the woods. The trees seemed to close in on us as we walked further into the woods. Crunch! I feel my heart pounding in my chest. I thought some </p>
Journal Entry (Persuasive)
<p> All I want to do is go home. I want this war to be over so we can all go home. I'm tired of being scared and wake up to bombs, M-16's, and firefights. I'm tired of waking up in the middle of the night to find some Vietcongs. I want to go home and see my family, momma and Kenny. I mostly want to see how Kenny's doing. </p>
Journal Entry (Reflective)
<p> I remember it...I remember it like it was yesterday. The sound, the sight, the feeling...everything. The day I shot that Vietnamese soldier. Man that still haunts me 'til this day. The way I could hear him pull the trigger back and in that second I knew I was dead. Luckily for me he couldn't shoot me. While he was trying to get the gun to work I shot him. I kept shooting him in the face before he could shoot me. All I could think about was, "What did I just do?" All that went running through my mind was, "I killed someone!" I wondered for a long time if he had a family, if he's been out on patrol, and when did he know he was going to die. After that I kept wondering if I was going to be a trophy for the enemy just like the Vietnamese was for us. I felt sick for a while. I cried in the barracks and Peewee helped to comfort me. With this event I learned that every human being is priceless, you can't replace them. They might not mean anything to you at the time but to someone else...they are a very important person and mean a lot to them. A person is not a prize to be won. A human has meaning. A human is life. I used to take for granted how much humans meant towards the end of war. Now I don't waste any time because one breath will be your last. When that does happen a person is to be respected and not taken for granted. Every life has meaning. Even the simple fly caught in a spider web or the bees in your flower patch, they all have meaning. In the beginning I was scared, towards the end I didn't care, and now I learned the value of life from that event of killing the Vietnamese.</p>
A Letter to the Editor
<p> Dear Editor of the Philidelphia Inquirer,</p>n<p> I agree with the statement "fighting in a war changes a soldier." I have heard a lot of stories about the effects on soldiers after they were sent home from war. A story I had read in English class stated that a sergeant had killed himself. Many soldiers can't take the stress of knowing what they know. War is a very depressing, stressful, and scary thing. One of the common disorder that soldiers have when they are sent home is PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). "PTSD is," I quote from www.ptsd.ne.gov/what-is-ptsd.html, "a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terriorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life." However, in order for it to be treated the person suffering from this disorder has to know that they have it. Many people suffer from it and don't even know that they have it or they choose not to go. If they choose not to go then it can be life-threatening. PTSD is treated by medications, such as antidepressants, and psychotherapy. PTSD is just one way that "fighting in war changes a soldier."</p>n<p> There are many things that can change a soldier. A soldier can often times wake up and forget that they are home and not in war. They can also deal with reintegration. They might know their place before war but after war they don't know their place in the family anymore. Children who have a parent that went to war and came back often have a hard time connecting with their parent. A soldier could also miss their child's first step, first
<p> Richie demonstrates kindness when he cares about how Kenny would react if he saw him as a bad person.</p>n<p> Richie cares about Peewee; as a result, he doesn't leave Peewee behind when he is shot and can't walk that well.</p>n<p> Although Peewee is described as a man of action, cocky, and ignorant, he is also caring when Richie starts crying over the Vietnamese soldier he killed and Peewee comforted him.</p>n<p> Although Richie is described as sensative, caring, and soft, he is a little crazy when he starts thinking about what it would be like to shoot somebody.</p>