Was Forrest Gump a real person?

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Forrest Gump was not a real person. Novelist Winston Groom created the character who appeared in his 1986 novel "Forrest Gump." The same character appears in the 1994 movie of the same name.

Winston Groom says that he got his inspiration for the character's name when he returned from serving in the Vietnam War and bought a suit at a store called Gump's in San Francisco. The novel draws on Groom's war experiences as well as on his experiences as a Southerner. Certain scenes in the movie are loosely based on real-life people, including Sammy Davis, a soldier who saved many people and won a Medal of Honor. The film uses footage of Davis with Tom Hanks' digitally-inserted head in the scene in which Gump wins the same award.

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