Ron Kovic:U.S. Marine Corps-volunteered for first tour to Vietnam in 1965/he also volunteered for a second tour in 1968. He was shot in attack and as a result of his injuries left paralyzed from the chest down. Received a Bronze Star with V for valor and Purple Heart. They based a movie on the book he wrote.
Born on the Fourth of July is a 1989 American film adaptation of the best selling autobiography of the same name by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Tom Cruise plays Kovic, in a performance that earned him his first Academy Award nomination.
Ron Kovic. "The one gift I was given in that war was an awakening. I endured; I survived and understood. No one will ever again be my enemy—no matter how hard he or she tries to frighten and intimidate me. No government will ever teach me to hate another human being." 2013.