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It adds to the book the accounts of O'Brien's attitudes towards the other soldiers. O'Brien recalls that he was shot twice. During and after his treatment, O'Brien appreciates Kiley's skill, courage, and ease. When O'Brien returns from his recovery almost a month later, Kiley has been wounded and shipped off and a new medic named Bobby Jorgenson has taken his place. When O'Brien is shot the second time, Jorgenson is incapable of treating his shock, and the result is a painful experience for O'Brien. The realization that he was near death for no good reason leaves O'Brien mad—he vows to exact revenge on Jorgenson. Mitchell Sanders encourages O'Brien to leave Jorgenson alone, saying that he is one of the Alpha Company now and implying that O'Brien is no longer a member of the company. The next morning, O'Brien runs into Jorgenson, who apologizes for his inept treatment of O'Brien, saying that he was scared and that since O'Brien was shot, he has felt a great deal of remorse. O'Brien begins resenting Jorgenson for making him feel guilty. At night, O'Brien and Azar decided to carry out their plan against Jorgenson by setting up flares, and Jorgenson knows it's them. The two jokingly decide to scare Azar. O'Brien speaks in specific terms about getting shot—he leads us through the experience and makes it real for us—the pain of being shot is a survivable pain. O'Brien realizes that the actual pain surrounding a wound is nowhere near as frightening as grappling with the notion of being shot