The official authorized story of Desmond Doss, Abridged Version.
According to Doss's account in a documentary film titled "The Contentious Objector", as he rescued soldiers one-by-one, he breathed into the air with each go-around, "Lord, please help me get one more." The modest man of faith claims to have saved 50 wounded soldiers from certain death. His comrades claim that he saved 100. President Harry S. Truman presented him with the Congressional Medal of Honor upon his return to the United States, for his heroics on Okinawa, and the citation credits him with saving 75 lives, splitting the difference.
During World War II, 16,112,556 American soldiers served their country and the cause of the Allies, and only 43 received the Medal of Honor. Doss, who held a powerful allegiance to Christ, and was a devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, became the first conscientious objector to receive the U.S. military's highest honor. Today, he is one of two conscientious objectors to have received it.
Infantry men who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond's simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon owed their lives to him. In the midst of a fierce firefight on Okinawa that felled approximately 75 men from the 1st Battalion, Private Doss refused to seek cover and carried his stricken comrades to safety one by one. This and other heroic acts earned him the highest honor America can bestow on one of her sons - the congressional Medal of Honor.
But his story doesn't end in 1945. There have been many other battles and victories for the man known as "the unlikeliest hero," and this book tells those stories.
From ancient-prone childhood to World War II gallantry, the tragic loss of his first wife, Dorothy, and his battles with deafness and cancer, Desmond Doss has lived a life of unsurpassed devotion - devotion to his country, his convictions, and his God.
"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.
... This page-turner will keep you riveted to your seat as you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Desmond's dramatic true story of integrity, redemption, and heroism will inspire you to live by the courage of your convictions."
* Original book that inspired Mel Gibson's movie, Hacksaw Ridge. Story inspires faith, trust, courage, commitment, and dedication. An exciting true story of an incredible war hero.
About the Author
BOOTON HERNDON (1915-1995), like Desmond Doss, was Virginia-born and fought in World War II as a young adult. Working as a reporter for the New Orleans Item after graduating from college, Herndon's career was interrupted by war and he found himself both on Normandy's Omaha Beach and then later in the Battle of the Bulge where he received a medal, although he would later downplay his role on the battlefield. After the war, Herndon worked for the New York Daily Mirror and wrote for the rest of his life, including more than one thousand articles for magazines such as TIME, Cosmopolitan, and the Saturday Evening Post. He was also the author of twenty-three books, including The Unlikeliest Hero: The Story of Desmond T. Doss, Conscientious Objector Who Won His Nation's Highest Military Honor, originally published in 1967. The book was based on personal interviews with Desmond Doss, and is now rereleased under the title Redemption at Hacksaw Ridge.
"From a human standpoint, I shouldn't be here to tell the story. No telling how many times the Lord has spared my life." - Desmond Doss said in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.