Last night in a hotel room on the Duke Campus in Durham (Susan's 'get-away' birthday), we streamed:Hacksaw Ridge
about the battle of Okinawa and the extreme bravery and unbelievable rescue of injured American soldiers by one medic who did not carry a weapon. Desmond Doss
(1919-2006) was from Lynchburg, VA who served as a medic in WW II and was a conscientious objector refusing to carry a gun - his miraculous story is portrayed in this film w/ Andrew Garfield
in the main role; Mel Gibson
, director - ratings: 8.5/10, IMDB; 86%, Rotten Tomatoes; and 4.7/5.0* on Amazon (80% 5* comments) - short synopsis quoted below - this film is worth a watch, especially if a fan of 'true stories' in war (that are well done) - recommended. Dave
The extraordinary true story of conscientious objector Desmond T. Doss who saved 75 men in Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of WWII, without firing a single shot. Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless wrong, he was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon. As an army medic Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded near enemy lines - braving enemy fire and putting his own life on the line. He was the first conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor.