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Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector ever to receive the Medal of Honor. He lowered 75 wounded soldiers one at a time down this cliff in one day during WWII. Despite his refusal to carry a gun, his men respected him immensely.


Desmond T. Doss - non-combatant who rescued 75 men, one at a time, while under fire while serving as a field medic in Okinawa in May 1945.

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True story of the conscientious objector in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge

True story of the SDA, conscientious objector in Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge


This is Desmond Doss, the soldier who refused to carry a gun during WWII. He was the first conscientious objector in America's history to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award the military gives. To say he wasn't a typical soldier is putting it way too lightly. Desmond Doss didn't eat meat, wouldn't train on Saturdays and adamantly refused to carry a gun. Heck, he wouldn't even carry a bayonet. But during one of the worst battles of WWII, Doss is credited with saving 75 lives…


Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor and one of only three so honored (the others are Thomas W. Bennett and Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr.). He was a Corporal (Private First Class at the time of his Medal of Honor heroics) in the U.S. Army assigned to the Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division.


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The Man Behind The Movie - Desmond Doss Of 'Hacksaw Ridge'

Corporal Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is shown in the photo with his wife Dorothy and his son Desmond, Jr. age one year, at his Richmond, VA home. Private First Class Doss risked his life by helping evacuate wounded from a cliff on Okinawa. He is credited with saving the lives of 75 men. He lowered the casualties down a cliff while his mates tossed more than 1200 hand grenades at the Japs. On one of his many other…