Forrest tells the story of his time serving in the Vietnam War. He and his unit were searching for the Viet Cong, nicknamed "Charlie," and needed to be cautious of ambushes and other attacks. As Forrest tells his story, he describes the climate and terrain of the country.
Forrest introduces himself to Bubba's family and pays his respect to Bubba after the war. When talking to others, Forrest is asked multiple times if he is stupid, and each time he replies, "stupid is as stupid does."