As our nation celebrate those who have served in our armed forces and sacrificed for our freedoms, Director Mel Gibson has brought to view the story of Desmond Doss in the movie, Hacksaw Ridge.
Hacksaw Ridge, is the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss, who, in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WW ll, saved 75 men without firing a shot or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WW ll to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. As an Army Medic, he single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, braved fire while tending to soldiers and was wounded by a grenade and hit by snipers. Doss was the first conscientious objector awarded the Mel Gibson, Congressional Medal of Honor.
|President Truman presents the Medal of Honor to Desmond Doss|
Desmond Doss had been raised with a fervent belief in the Bible. When it came to the Ten Commandments, he applied them personally. During childhood his father had purchased a large framed picture at an auction. It portrayed the Ten Commandments with colorful illustrations. Next to the words, "Thou shalt not kill" was a drawing of Cain holding a club and standing over the body of his dead brother, Abel. Little Desmond would look at that picture and ask, "Why did Cain kill Abel? How in the world could a brother do such a thing?" In Desmond's mind, God said, "If you love me, you won't kill." With that picture firmly embedded in his mind, he determined that he would never take a life.
To learn more about the God of Desmond Doss' faith who empowered him to save many lives, click on the image to the right and get a copy of the book, God's Sabbath Truth