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The legendary story of Desmond T. Doss will be shared through Hacksaw Ridge, a major motion film opening Friday, Nov. 4. Doss was a Seventh-day Adventist who voluntarily joined the army April 1, 1942. His weapons of choice were the Bible and his strong belief in God. He served as a medic. His heroic saving of about 75 men on Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, Japan, May 5, 1945, is the highlight on the film, a true war story that "paints a stirring portrait of the resolute manner in which Doss lived his faith, even while living through the horrors of the battlefield," says the North American Division office of communication. Doss earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for bravery and courage under fire.
Most Adventists may know of Doss, possibly through his involvement with Pathfinders. To learn more about the story of Desmond Doss and answer some questions about Seventh-day Adventists, you may purchase two books, Hero of Hacksaw Ridge, and The Faith of Desmond Doss.
CHURCH MEMBER - NEIGHBOR - FRIEND
The members of the Lookout Mountain Adventist Church knew him as their fellow church member. Participating with faithful service to God as an active member of the body of Christ. He not only ministered for God by caring for the facility, he also reached out to the members to share the love of Christ with his church family. He and Dorthy also embraced the community as neighbors and friends.
NOW: The US flag that currently flies at the church, is a tribute to Doss after one of our newest members joined us after learning of Desmond's legacy. Doss left his mark on the church as well: The organ was dedicated to Dorthy Doss in 1992. A Bible Desmond left to the church is kept in the pulpit for occasional use. His legacy lives on at our church, so come visit us sometime, and see where this man continued to live out His faith, and talk with members who can share personal stories of his impact in their lives!
Fast Facts on Desmond Doss:
WHO: DESMOND THOMAS DOSS
Desmond Doss born in Lynchburg, Virginia, 1919, to William Thomas Doss, a carpenter, and Bertha Oliver Doss. Raised with a fervent belief in the Bible and the Seventh-day Adventist faith, Doss took the Ten Commandments, personally—especially the words, “Thou shalt not kill.” He also obeyed the fourth commandment with weekly church attendance, on the seventh day, Saturday.
WHAT: VOLUNTEER FOR SERVICE IN THE ARMY
Doss voluntarily joined the United States Army on April 1, 1942.
WHY: DOSS REFUSES TO CARRY WEAPON
Doss’ weapons were his Bible and faith in God. His refusal to carry a gun caused fellow soldiers and the army to view him with disdain.
WHEN & WHERE: JUST ONE MORE GOD
In May 1945, Japanese troops were fiercely defending Okinawa, their remaining barrier. The American’s needed to capture the Maeda Escarpment, an imposing rock formation the soldiers called, Hacksaw Ridge. The war was brutal. Many American soldiers lay wounded or dying on Hacksaw Ridge. Doss vowed to rescue as many of the fallen soldiers as he could. As a result at least 75 lives were saved May 5, 1945.
RECEIVED: CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
Oct. 12, 1945, Private First Class, United States Army, Desmond T. Doss stood on the White House lawn, receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman. This is the nation’s highest award for bravery and courage under fire. STATS: With 16 million men in uniform during World War II, only 431 received this honor.
HOW: DOSS’ STORY SHARED
Doss is the subject of the major motion feature firm Hacksaw Ridge, a movie based on his life that will be released Nov. 4, 2016, and The Conscientious Objector, an award-winning documentary. He also is the subject of the book The Unlikeliest Hero.
Before being discharged from the Army in 1946, Desmond developed tuberculosis. His illness progressed and at the age of 87, Corporal Desmond Thomas Doss died on March 23, 2006. He is buried in the National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
DESMOND DOSS COUNCIL:
The Desmond Doss Council exists to preserve, protect, and manage the life story of Desmond T. Doss and his intellectual properties, collections, and memorabilia in a manner that honors his legacy, his beliefs, his church, and His God. Chartered in 2000 and operate under the Georgia-Cumberland Conference Association of Seventh-day Adventists, Inc.
The Desmond Doss Council is excited for the world to hear the story of Desmond Doss. He was an amazing man of integrity, honor, faith, and courage who served his country and remained true to his values, beliefs, and his God.
For more information and photos, please visit: Desmond Doss website.
Adapted from article Written By Tammy Fisher, communication director for Georgia-Cumberland Conf. of Seventh-day Adventist
The Desmond Doss Council:
Honor Our Heroes Research Website: http://www.hacksawridgeresources.com/
It is Written: http://www.itiswritten.com/doss
Get the official authorized story of Desmond Doss: Hero On Hacksaw Ridge
Response to ‘Hacksaw Ridge’:
Why ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Matters to Adventists: Adventist Review Article
Would Desmond Doss be happy with ‘Hacksaw Ridge’? : Adventist Review Article
‘Hacksaw Ridge,’ a Gory War Movie for Both Hawks and Doves: New York Times Article
Intensity of Faith : A personal review of Hacksaw Ridge with ministry suggestions for churches
Armed with faith: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ shows WWII exploits of unarmed medic: WJLA Washington D.C. ABC Affiliate
‘Hacksaw Ridge’ is Gibson’s WWII ‘love story’: SF Chronicle Article