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The subject of this article:

  • exists in the Forrest Gump novel canon (including Gump & Co.)
  • exists in the Forrest Gump film canon
  • exists in real life (see Wikipedia article: Vietnam War)

The Vietnam War was a war between North and South Vietnam, each of which was backed by numerous other powers, making it a proxy war. Forrest Gump served in the United States Army during this war. During the course of his deployment, he saved numerous of his comrades, even when he was shot in the buttock. For his actions, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.