Sergeant Simpson asks Perry to write a letter to Lieutenant Carroll's family. Not a fun job.
As he's trying to drum up a letter, Perry goes through Carroll's personal things, and finds letters he wrote to his pregnant wife about their plans to start a bookstore together, and his idea for the baby's name. Sheesh, as if it weren't already sad enough.
Perry writes the letter, and gives it to the Sergeant to take to headquarters.
Lobel talks to Perry. He feels like Carroll's death was his fault, because he didn't really shoot at the Vietcongs. Then a bunch of the men admit to each other that they never saw a Vietcong—they just shot in the direction of human figures. That doesn't sound too good.
Time for better news. Turns out Perry's letter was so good that Captain Stewart wants to see him, and offers him a job doing correspondence. Unfortunately, Perry doesn't know how to type. Guess they didn't have Mavis Beacon back then.
While Perry's there, he watches the officers questioning a Vietcong soldier and hears about how the Vietcong torture their prisoners. Grisly. So maybe the war isn't about to end, after all.
The men get a new platoon leader to replace Carroll: Lieutenant Gearhart.
The squad escorts a "civilian pacification team" (11.108) to a hamlet. One of the men from the team has his wife and child with him. Gearhart thinks the man is CIA and his wife and kid are just a cover.
At the hamlet, they set up a screen so the villagers can watch Disney movies while a plane gets hit and goes down in the distance. Yeah, Disney is probably the cheerier option.
Peewee gets a letter from Perry's mother. Weird, right? Perry thinks so too. He opens it while Peewee is out. His mother asks Peewee to tell Perry that she loves him. Perry writes a letter to her saying he loves her. Cute, huh? Even with the weird middle-man thing.
A few days later, while watching TV, the soldiers see footage of themselves, and in the footage, Carroll is with them. If you're hearing a tiny violin play in your head, you're not the only one.