BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY RON KOVIC PDF

Learn how and when to remove this template message Kovic was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin , the second eldest of the six children [1] 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.

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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. With the group running out of ammo, Kleppen, a master gunnery sergeant, and another Marine dodged bullets as they went back for more.

Then they returned to fight. Moments later, Kovic was hit by enemy fire and paralyzed. In the book, Kovic claimed he was carried to safety by a black Marine. I went over, took his boot off and while I was patching him up, he got hit in his shoulder.

That was what severed his spinal cord. I dragged him over behind a little mound to get him out of the open. Then they returned to provide the cover that allowed Molina to get away. He escaped unharmed and soon was reassigned to another unit. For decades, he never knew whether anyone in his group had survived. Molina read the book in prison. He saw the film after his release.

He understands that many folks will dismiss him or at least be skeptical of his claims because of his prison record. Fine, Molina said. An official at the archives confirmed to me the existence of the recording. Molina said he wants the Marines to call for a military tribunal to set the record straight. As it is, he could face sanctions from the Bureau of Prisons for talking to me for this story. I had all of my senses. I know the truth.

Kovic said he remembers Molina, but remains steadfast about his own account of what happened, including that a black Marine — not Molina — carried him to safety that day in Kovic said he learned that Marine was later killed in action. And yes, Kovic said, the other Marines fled.

One of my lungs collapsed, and I was surviving on the other one. He plans to join director Stone for a special screening of the movie on Thursday, July 5. They were heroes. They were not cowards running in battle. Everybody needs to know the truth. Molina recalls that his fellow Marines fought bravely and that he rescued Kovic. Movie material.

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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. With the group running out of ammo, Kleppen, a master gunnery sergeant, and another Marine dodged bullets as they went back for more.

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