Grew Up… with a sense of right and wrong. Sgt. Elias, an experienced military man, seems to think that the U.S. Armed Forces have lost the moral high ground. The conflict in Vietnam is, for Sgt. Elias, a futile struggle.
Living… in the middle of the jungle. Sgt. Elias has been in Vietnam since the beginning of the war a few years back. Unlike most of his fellow soldiers, Elias is capable of seeing beauty in the war-torn jungle. As he puts it, “I love this place at night, the stars. There’s not right or wrong in them. They’re just there.”
Profession… co-commander of Bravo Company, 25th Infantry Division. Elias, who sees himself as the moral compass of the platoon, often disagrees with the strict and emotionless Sgt. Barnes over how to run the unit.
Interests… getting high. Sgt. Barnes says that “feeling good’s good enough,” when it comes to life in the war. He’s an avid smoker of marijuana, which he needs in order to escape from his hellish environment.
Challenge… preventing Sgt. Barnes from murdering innocent people. Elias knows that he has his hands full with the strong-willed and ruthless Sgt. Barnes, but he’s trying to do what he can to prevent his fellow soldiers from doing wrong. Young soldier Chris Taylor and some others are on Elias' side in the struggle, but Barnes has plenty of allies of his own – plus the "fog of war" to drive men to extremes and cover up wrongdoing.
Personality… jaded, contemplative, and often compassionate. Despite his good-nature, Sgt. Elias is tired of war: “We been kicking other people’s asses for so long, I figured it’s time we got ours kicked.”
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