In the story "The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien, Chapter 22 (The Lives of the Dead)
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The Man Who Never Was
THe title was "The Man Who Never Was". I think it's ironic because Tim thinks there is so much he missed out on because of the war. He would have been a very different man were it not for the war. The film is ironically also a war film (WW2).
In O'Brien's own words;
"I'm forty-three years old, and a writer now, still dreaming Linda alive in exactly the same way... she's mostly made up, with a new identity and a new name, like the man who never was. Her real name doesn't matter... I loved her and then she died."
The Things They Carried