Matterhorn Character List

An inherent problem of reading a book about an army is that there are a lot of characters.  I personally had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight in Matterhorn. So while the book has a chart in the front of it, I put together an expanded, more complete version.  The chart adds the important supporting characters the book left out.  I also noted their race since its such a big issue in the book.

Below the chart is a list of all of the characters and what (if anything) happened to them.  If you hover over the name with your mouse, it will give the necessary details needed to keep the characters straight.  SPOILER WARNING: Only look at the hover descriptions if you only want a reminder for that specific character as they contain spoilers of what happened to the character.

Let us know if we left out anything/anyone or if there’s something you’d change about this chart. Its here to be a resource.

Matterhorn Chain of Command and Principal Characters
(Radio call signs in italics)

Character details

Again, SPOILER ALERT! Read at your own risk!

  • [tippy title=”Major General Neitzel” width=”900″ header=”off”]
    Mostly only referred to, only appears once.
  • [tippy title=”Colonel Mulvaney” width=”900″ header=”off”]
    Stationed at VCB, alive at end of book.
  • [tippy title=”Lieutenant Colonel Simpson” width=”900″ header=”off”]
    Stationed at VCB, alive at end of book.
  • [tippy title=”Major Blakely” width=”900″ header=”off”]
    Stationed at VCB, alive at end of book.
  • [tippy title=”First Lieutenant Fitch” width=”900″ header=”off”]
    Transferred to Okinawa after battle for Matterhorn
      • [tippy title=”Staff Sergeant Cassidy” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Transferred to VCB.
    • [tippy title=”Second Lieutenant Hawk” width=”900″ header=”off”]
      Killed by a grenade meant for Cassidy.
    • [tippy title=”Second Lieutenant Mellas” width=”900″ header=”off”]
      Eventually becomes Bravo Company’s commander.
    • [tippy title=”Second Lieutenant Fracasso” width=”900″ header=”off”]
      Killed on Matterhorn.
      • [tippy title=”Sergeant Bass” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Killed on Matterhorn.
      • [tippy title=”Lance Corporal Hamilton” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Killed on Matterhorn.
      • [tippy title=”Corporal Connolly” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Ends book as First Platoon Commander.
        • [tippy title=”Vancouver” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Killed on Matterhorn.
        • [tippy title=”Mole” width=”900″ header=”off”]
      •  [tippy title=”Corporal Fisher” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Left for medical treatment early on with a leech stuck in his penis.
      • [tippy title=”Lance Corporal Jacobs” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Killed on Matterhorn
        • [tippy title=”Hippy” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Evacuated with severe immersion foot.
      • [tippy title=”Corporal Jancowitz” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Leaves for R&R early.  Returns and is killed at the taking of Helicopter Hill.
      • [tippy title=”Lance Corporal Jackson” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Loses his legs from land mine on Matterhorn.
        • [tippy title=”Cortell” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Hit on Helicopter Hill, survives.
        • [tippy title=”Mallory” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Gets headaches all the time.  Ends book in brig after threatening a Dr. at VCB.
        • [tippy title=”Parker” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Caused more racial tensions by refusing to cut his hair.  Tries to kill Cassidy by tampering with his grenade.  Dies on long trek from disease.
        • [tippy title=”Pollini” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Killed on Helicopter Hill.
        • [tippy title=”Williams” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Get eaten by a freaking tiger.
        • [tippy title=”Tyrell Broyer” width=”900″ header=”off”]
          Dies from land mine on Helicopter Hill.
    • [tippy title=”Second Lieutenant Goodwin” width=”900″ header=”off”]
      Continues to be Second Platoon Commander.
      • [tippy title=”Sergeant Ridlow” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Shot on Helicopter Hill.
      • [tippy title=”China” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Stirs the racial tensions pot, survives.
    • [tippy title=”Second Lieutenant Kendall” width=”900″ header=”off”]
      Killed by a grenade on Matterhorn with his radio man, Genoa.
      • [tippy title=”Sergeant Samms” width=”900″ header=”off”]
        Killed on Matterhorn.


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  1. Mitchell Gu says:

    I have to read like 400 pages of this in like a day…. 🙁
    At least it’s pretty interesting, and more understandable with this awesome guide!!!! 😀

  2. I am also a good way through the book and finding this guide was a bonus indeed. I do think that I will study it in more detail once I have finished, because I have a feeling that this is one of the few books I will read twice and the guide will be great in the way of preparation for second time around!

    • Agreed, Pete. I have a feeling the first half of the book would be a lot easier to keep track of after through a second time.

  3. Thank God someone put this down on paper. Just printed it out and will start my audiobook again, this time without so much confusion. Thanks again.

  4. Very useful character guide, as I make my way through the book for a second iteration (this time on CD). The only correction I’d suggest is that Second Lieutenant Kendall’s ulimate disposition is unclear. He was wounded by gunfire on Helicopter Hill while the company is defending against NVA night attack (foolishly making it known out he was an officer, which targeted him by NVA sappers). He and his radio operator both suffer collapsed lungs, but it is mentioned Kendall is medevac’d once Matterhorn is re-secured (and choppers are able to bring in supplies/take out the wounded).

    Just food for thought 😉

    Best regards…..

  5. Dan Harrison says:

    Thanks for the help. I was really getting confused in listening to the audio book – so I printed it out and put it in my pocket. It’s helped me keep everybody straight. Awesome book.

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    This is so helpful – I just started the audiobook and am a bit lost with the hierarchy!

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  10. craiglist stuff says:

    Thank you SO MUCH !!! I have listened to the book on Audible, frustrated so many times to not have this flowchart to reference; now I’m going to listen again, with a much better idea of who is who, and why.

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