Learn how and when to remove this template message Kovic was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin , the second eldest of the six children  of Patricia Lamb and Eli Kovic. She was of Irish ancestry, and a housewife. He was sent to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island , South Carolina , where, after twelve weeks of intensive recruit training , he was promoted to the rank of Private First Class and became the push-up champion of his battalion. He returned home to Massapequa in December, just before Christmas. After a month tour of duty, he returned home on January 15,
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Feb 02, Jake rated it liked it The true story that the movie was based on. Ron Kovic was the stereotypical all-American kid. He was actually born on the fourth of July, and felt especially patriotic. He enlisted in the Marine Corps for two tours in Vietnam. His second tour ended with a bullet in his spinal cord which paralyzed him from the waist down. His disillusionment began in the VA hospital, terribly underfunded as the money was pouring in to winning the war.
He had plenty of time to think while laying in his own feces The true story that the movie was based on. He had plenty of time to think while laying in his own feces waiting for someone to help him.
Eventually he became an anti-war activist, even getting beat up from his wheelchair by brave police officers he always made it a point to ask them if they served in Vietnam, of course they rarely did. While Trumbull was a more skilled writer, this one was actually true. All in all, this is a depressing read, but at the same time, Kovic finds new purpose and learns to want to live again.
That being said, I would have wished for a greater emphasis showing the shift from soldier to antiwar activist. It isnt covered well and it left me feeling that he made the shift more out of a need to belong to something and for attention than out of a growing ideological awareness.
I was also bothered how he portrayed himself and the adoration he received during the protests. That reinforced the lack of The ideas here are important, and I know this book was influential in the anti-war movement. That reinforced the lack of political awareness expressed in the book.
‘Born on the Fourth of July’ vet’s account disputed by comrades
Why trust Molina? Kovic was shot twice, the second bullet hitting him in the shoulder, lodging in his spine and paralyzing him for life. That much is fact. Kovic claimed that fellow Marines ran away from the fight, leaving him and one other Marine — Molina? There was someone to my right lying on the ground still firing.
Born on the Fourth of July