Perry gets assigned on overnight guard duty with a guy named Lobel. Perry's really jumpy, but Lobel's chill.
He says that he stays calm by pretending he's in a movie. "The part where the star of the movie is sitting in a foxhole explaining how he feels about life and stuff like that. You never get killed in movies when you're doing that." (6.24) Yup, his uncle's a director.
Other things we (and Perry) learn about Lobel: he's worried that he's almost twenty and still a virgin, and there's a story about how he enlisted that he doesn't want to tell. That's some Hollywood caliber "how he feels about life and stuff like that."
A TV crew comes in and interviews the men on why they're in Vietnam. Most say some variation of: to stand for something or protect their country.
Then the TV crew films them going on patrol. Monaco, who is at the front of the group, says he sees a Vietcong and shoots. Perry tries to join in the fire, but his gun doesn't go off.
They kill one man and drag out his body. The news crew takes a lot of pictures of the body.
Simpson says he wasn't Vietcong—that he was an official North Vietnamese soldier. Oops.
The chapter ends with Monaco wanting them to beat another squad at a volleyball game. He thinks the other squad will lose because their best player was just killed.
And the lighthearted fun just gets better from here.