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The Conscientious Objector (2004)

The story of Desmond Doss, a US Army medic who was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor.



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Credited cast:
Ralph Baker ...
Himself - Litter Bearer
Carl Bentley ...
Himself - Browning Automatic Rifleman
James Boylan ...
Himself - Anti-Tank Platoon Leader
John Centola ...
Himself - Company Scout
Max Cleland ...
Desmond T. Doss ...
Elwyn Gaines ...
Himself - Browning Automatic Rifleman
Jack Glover ...
Himself - Commander Headquarters Company
Henry Haverlock ...
Himself - Mortar Squad
Ken Lafond ...
Himself - Battalion Scout
Kenneth Phillips ...
Himself - First Lieutenant
Solomon Statman ...
Himself - 307th Regimental Surgeon
Harry S. Truman ...
Himself (archive footage)
Leigh Willoughby ...
Himself - Company Aid Man


It's 1945, World War II. The Place, Okinawa. The Scene, an impregnable 400-foot high cliff-AKA Hacksaw Ridge. The Engagement, a battle so fierce the odds of survival were 1 in 10. The Act, Medic Pfc. Desmond T. Doss braved intense enemy fire to rescue 75 wounded GI's over the precipice. The Story, Infantrymen who once ridiculed and scoffed at Desmond's simple faith and refusal to carry a weapon-now owed their lives to him. Director Terry Benedict tells Desmond's incredible story through the eyes of the men who witnessed this humble man's heroic acts. Winning the respect of his fellow soldiers, they recommended him for the highest honor America can bestow on one of her sons-The Medal of Honor. Written by Anonymous

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A True Story of An American Soldier


Documentary | War





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Moving and Inspiring
30 May 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I just saw this documentary on PAX satellite channel (programmed for Memorial Day). I had heard about Desmond Doss before, but never realized what he did and how he survived the US Army with his faith intact, and the Japanese Army with life and health intact (mostly).

I felt great pride sharing the same faith with Mr. Doss, and was moved to tears at the testimony of many of Doss' fellow soldiers. I found it very inspiring to remind those of faith what it means to maintain your integrity in the face of opposition, foreign and domestic.

I certainly want to purchase some copies of the DVD to share with many of my friends who would appreciate seeing it. Technically well done along with the inspiring content.

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