He had entered the service as a medic, to heal the wounded, not to kill. As a small boy he had seen a poster showing Cain standing over the body of his dead brother. From that moment on Doss determined that he would never, under any circumstances, take another life.
HACKSAW RIDGE - the story of Desmond Doss, a WWII conscientious objector who will not carry a gun into battle. He ended up being a hero in the truest sense of the word and did it without shooting anyone. Andrew Garfield stars as Doss.
Desmond T. Doss received his draft notice in April of 1942 but his religious convictions were at odds with the idea of killing. He was given Conscientious Objector status due to his religious beliefs, yet, as strange as it may seem, he decided to remain in the Army only if he could be a medic.
Corporal Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is shown in the photo with his wife Dorothy and his son Desmond, Jr. age one year, at his Richmond, VA home. Private First Class Doss risked his life by helping evacuate wounded from a cliff on Okinawa. He is credited with saving the lives of 75 men. He lowered the casualties down a cliff while his mates tossed more than 1200 hand grenades at the Japs. On one of his many other…