Kovic, Ron

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Kovic, Ron Gender: M
Ronald Lawrence Kovic
born on 4 July 1946 at 22:14 (= 10:14 PM )
Place Ladysmith, Wisconsin, 45n28, 91w06
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°32' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°28 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 01°41'

Ron Kovic
photo: Damon D'Amato from North Hollywood, Calfornia, license cc-by-2.0


American Vietnam veteran and hero of the 1990 film "Born on the Fourth of July," which detailed his experiences during and after the war. Antiwar activist and passionate advocate for peace, Kovic took his personal tragedy and turned it into a blessing by helping others.

Kovic’s father was a clerk at a supermarket and his mother was a homemaker who took care of Ron and his five younger siblings. Although an uninspired student, he was a skilled athlete and a member of both the wrestling and track teams. He began working at a local grocery store after high school and not wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps, he joined the Marines in September 1964. He considered it his duty to serve his country, and planned to return from the war as a decorated hero. He was quickly shipped off to Vietnam where he soon became disillusioned, realizing that war was not like the movies depicted it. After he accidentally shot another soldier, he was deeply ashamed and tried to confess to his superiors, who would not allow it. After destroying a village and finding the dead were primarily women, children and the elderly, he began trying to get injured so that he could be sent home.

On 1/20/1968, Kovic was shot in the neck and left paralyzed from the chest down. He was awarded a Purple Heart for his bravery.

His post-war experience in Veterans’ hospitals left him deeply depressed, but in 1969, he enrolled in college in New York. In August 1972, he attended the Republican National Convention where he disrupted Nixon’s acceptance speech, and appeared on the CBS news, saying, "I’m a Vietnam veteran. I gave America my all, and the leaders of this government threw me and others away to rot in VA hospitals. What’s happening in Vietnam is a crime against humanity." He became more and more active in antiwar organizations, attended protests and went on hunger strikes. On 7/15/1976, Kovic was a invited speaker at the Democratic National Convention where this quiet, but eloquent, man painted a picture of a different kind of war hero, one who was a hero of conscience and a hero of peace.

Kovic, who lives in California, published his highly acclaimed book in 1976, and enjoys painting, gardening and playing the piano.

In addition to his paralysis, he stepped on a booby trap during the war, which blew off his heel. After returning to the U.S., he broke his leg while exercising.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • role played of/by Cruise, Tom (born 3 July 1962). Notes: 1989 film "Born on the Fourth of July"


  • Social : Joined group September 1964 (Joined the Marines)
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  • Health : Violent trauma 20 January 1968 (Shot in neck, paralyzed)
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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1969 (Enrolled in college)
  • Social : Great Publicity August 1972 (Speech at Republican Natn'l Convention)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1976 (Book released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 July 1976 (Spoke at the Democratic Ntn'l Convention)
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Source Notes

Linda Clark quotes him, stated as from B.C.


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Legs (Heel of foot blown off)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Paralysis (From chest down)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Shot in neck)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of six)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Painting, playing piano)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Outdoors (Gardening)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat (Vietnam War)
  • Vocation : Military : Honors (Purple Heart)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Marines)
  • Vocation : Military : Wounded (Neck, paralyzed)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (One noted novel)