The Hero of Hacksaw Ridge
The authorised biography of Desmond Doss that inspired Mel Gibson’s movie Hacksaw Ridge.
“When we go into combat, Doss, you’re not comin’ back alive. I’m gonna shoot you myself!”
The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself.
“You’re nothing but a coward!” they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill.
When Desmond knelt by his bunk to pray, his fellow soldiers hurled boots and insults at him. Even his commander wanted to throw him out of the army. But when his unit arrived on the battlefield, the intrepid medic quickly proved he was no coward.
One terrifying day in the vicious battle for Okinawa, dozens of Desmond’s former tormentors lay wounded and bleeding atop Hacksaw Ridge. As Japanese bullets rained down, their fate seemed hopeless.
Could one unarmed man save their lives?