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Born on the fourth of July Plot summary The narrator gets wounded in the war of Vietnam There are many wounded soldiers around him but he gets rescued by a black man All the injured man get loaded in amtracs that drive them into different war camps hospitalsThere he gets operated because he cant move his legs All the others around him are screaming because they have to suffer incredible pains One day before they left Vietnam forever a general arrives in the camp and hands a Purple Heart over to everyone in the name of the president After that he leaves Vietnam with a plane He comes into the St Alban Naval hospital in Queens together with the others It was the first time they could laught His therapy starts He is working very hard He lifts weight every day but his fight against the wheelchair has just begun He moves into a new hospital which is completely different He feels totally desperate because he notices that he will never be able to go to the toilet or to have sex and he cant to sports anymore He never tells the family about that but he trains very hard every day and within the help of the new machines he will learn walking again Jimmy and Dick the two therapists are suppoting him Ron compares the hospital with a madhouse a wild zoo with the patients as its animals In this chapter he remembers his youth He was a fanatic sports-man especially baseball was one of his favourit subjects He watched every game He went to the movies with his friends and as a result of this he wanted to become a soldier by the US-marines He and his friends played war the whole day long One day he was fascinated that the Russains were the first nation that sent a satelitt into space This was the so called Spunik
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