Lt. Dan Taylor: Have you found Jesus yet, Gump?
Forrest Gump: I didn’t know that we were supposed to be lookin’ for him, sir.
After a wild ride in Vietnam and becoming paralyzed, Lt. Dan falls into a drunken stupor, where he basically loses his marbles after the war. How does one tastefully portray a PTSD stricken soldier who is dealing with alcohol and drug problems? Look no further, cause Lt. Dan is the definition of what so many soldiers dealt with after the war.
In true Forrest Gump fashion, he does not understand what Lt. Dan is asking him and it is one of the most uplifting, short and sweet ode’s to religion in the film. Forrest goes to New York to do a talk show, as his ping pong career catapulted him into fame, where he sees Lt. Dan for the first time since the battle field. Ultimately, Dan has lost faith in God and is dismayed that such an “imbecile” like Forrest could earn the Medal of Honor and humiliate himself on national television.