In Chapter 11 of Going After Cacciato, Lt. Corson calls in a massive air strike following the death of which of his men?

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In "Fire In The Hole" (Chapter 11) of Going After Cacciato, Lt. Corson calls in an air strike following the death of Jim Pederson. After Pederson's death, Doc Peret puts the soldier's broken dog tags into his mouth and tapes his mouth shut. Pederson's body is taken away by helicopter.

The lieutenant calls in an air-strike on the village of Hoi An. The first barrage misses the mark slightly, which prompts the lieutenant to call for adjustments.  On the second round, white phosphorus rains down on Hoi An and burns the entire village. As the village burns, the soldiers open fire to kill any living thing that might still be alive. It is a grim task, and the soldiers do not cheer their horrible mission.

Later that night, the soldiers finally talk about the death of Jim Pederson.