What did Ted Lavender carry in The Things They Carried?

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Ted Lavender carries the following:

"Ted Lavender, who was scared, carried tranquilizers" (11)

"Ted Lavender carried 6 or 7 ounces of premium dope" (11)

"[Ted], who was scared, carried 34 rounds [...] and he went down under an exceptional burden, more than 20 pounds of ammunition, plus the flak jacket and helmet and rations and water and toilet paper and tranquilizers and all the rest, plus the unweighed fear" (12)

"Ted Lavender carried the starlight scope, which weighed 6.3 pounds with its aluminum carrying case" (16)

"Or Ted Lavender adopting an orphan puppy - feeding it from a plastic spoon and carrying it in his rucksack" (32)

One important thing to keep in mind is that each of these quotations has to do specifically with things Ted Lavender carried with him. There were items carried by every member, or "grunt," in the unit. 

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