Courtesy Photo/Pfc. Vaughn, U.S. Army
U.S. Army Col. James Shafer, left, presents Staff Sgt. Lee Norton with a Purple Heart medal Feb. 4, 1971 at Valley Forge Medical Hospital, ward 4CD. "It was great place to recuperate," Norton recalls. "We went to this place down the road to get roast beef sandwiches and drink beer." Norton said sometimes the guards would get frustrated with them coming and going so much they chimed back, "What are you going to do, send us to Vietnam?!" After an honorable discharge, Norton said he would go on to become a hippie and says' the Oliver Stone film, "Born on the 4th of July' is like a memoir of my life -- I took lemons and made lemonade."