Inspiration for “Forrest Gump” visits Fort Wayne

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Sammy Davis spoke at Indiana Tech.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  A Congressional Medal of Honor recipient was in Fort Wayne Tuesday, sharing his story with an audience at Indiana Tech.

Sergeant Sammy Davis was part of the inspiration for the movie Forrest Gump, whose main character was played by Tom Hanks in 1994.

Like the character, Sgt. Davis rescued three American soldiers in Vietnam in 1967, while he was wounded himself. The following year, President Lyndon Johnson awarded Davis the Congressional Medal of Honor.
In fact, filmmakers used actual video of Davis at the ceremony, but superimposed Tom Hanks’ head over Davis.

Davis, who is one of only 79 living Medal of Honor recipients, now travels around the world talking about his experiences and encouraging young people.

Davis says the movie did take a few comedic liberties. The film showed President Johnson asking to see Gump’s bullet wound in his rear end. Davis says that is where he was shot, but the President didn’t ask to see it.

Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Sammy Davis spoke at Indiana Tech.

 

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