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Desmond Doss

Desmond Doss

Private Desmond Doss – the World War II medic who refused to carry a gun or take a life and became the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Private Doss choose to serve in the United States Army (he liked to consider himself a “conscientious cooperator” instead of a conscientious objector). Despite facing ridicule and exclusion for his religious principles and practices, he went on to become a hero – bravely saving the lives of 75 men after one battle on Hacksaw Ridge on the Pacific island of Okinawa. Incredibly, he single-handedly dragged each and everyone one across the immensely dangerous battlefield to safety. Doss was an astonishingly humble man who, even as an old man at the time the documentary was made, held true to the Bible’s principles and Seventh-day Adventist faith that sustained him throughout his childhood and service in the military. It’s clear that Doss lived a life dedicated to service—both for others and the God he believed in so strongly.

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12 April 2017

John Bradshaw with Les Speer, Doss's pastor, discuss Doss's spiritual life, how he encouraged young people, and his legacy.

12 April 2017

John Bradshaw shares how war represents the greater spiritual struggle between good and evil, and discusses the character of Doss and his faith. Recorded on location at various sites commemorating the life of Desmond Doss.

12 April 2017

John Bradshaw with Dr. Charles Knapp, retired army colonel, discuss army life and how Doss' faith got him through. Dr. Knapp also gives insights about the making of the film Hacksaw Ridge.

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