Doss was a Seventh-day Adventist who didn't believe in carrying a weapon or killing. But he wanted to use his skills to help, so he became a medic and enlisted during WWII, saving 75 men -- without firing or even carrying a gun -- in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of the war. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. He single-handedly evacuated the wounded from behind enemy lines, and was injured by a grenade and hit by snipers. Desmond Doss became was the first conscientious objector awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Lionsgate just released the first trailer for the film, co-starring Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths, and Vince Vaughn. Yep, that's a lot of Australians (with a Brit in the lead role) for a story about U.S. soldiers, but Gibson directed the film in Australia, so there you go.
Watch the trailer:
It is truly an amazing story, and a pretty timely one as the U.S. continues to debate war and guns. "Hacksaw Ridge" is scheduled for release November 4, which is just in time for Oscars consideration.
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The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life -- without firing a shot -- to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. Read More