The Bravest Conscientious Objector

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Desmond Doss was the only American soldier in World War II to fight on the front lines without a weapon. A devout Seventh Day Adventist, Doss was granted conscientious objector status but still served as an Army medic for the 77th Infantry Division.

During fighting on Okinawa on May 5, 1945, Doss and 75 wounded men were trapped on top of the 400-foot Maeda Escarpment. Doss ignored bursts of shells and artillery fire and tended to his injured comrades, lowering wounded soldiers carefully with ropes to the base of the escarpment. During the battle, he was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. For his bravery, Doss was awarded the Congressional Medal Honor.

Hacksaw Ridge tells the Desmond Doss in a new movie starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Mel Gibson. It’s due in theaters on November 4th and we’ve got the first look at the movie’s poster.

We’ll have more coverage of the movie as the release date gets closer.

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