The Question and Answer section for The Things They Carried is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The first mention of Lavender's death is on page two of the story,
Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers until he was shot in the head outside the village of Than Khe in mid-April.
What chapter are you referring to?
The Chevy Norman drives belongs to his father..... it's big, it's safe, it's constant, and it's familiar. It is symbolic of America.... of home.... a place where "courage" no longer counts and no one wants to hear about what you've experienced.