The Things They Carried

why does ray kiley hug o'brien when he gets lifted off by the chopper?

knowing rat kileys personality

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He is finally being taken away from the war; he has finally not been able to deal with the horrors, even though he has been praised by many for his medical prowess. Even a man with the kindness and skill that Kiley shows cannot stand the way war makes people descend into animalistic ways.