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The Conscientious Objector (2004)

 |  Documentary, War  |  March 2004 (USA)
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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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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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Simple yet moving story of one man who had faith in his beliefs and the consequences resulting from that faith.
2 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What you will learn in the first minutes is that the Army wanted Desmond Doss out, because of his unwillingness to touch a gun. But he knew he could and would be of service to his country and his fellow men. I think with good intentions his fellow privates and commanding officers, couldn't see what he could possibly contribute. They did their best to get rid of him. He could have taken the easy way out, but he was not to be shaken. Instead he served above and beyond and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor--probably deserving the award as much as a man can deserve it. The story is incredible. The telling of it is more than competent. I'm recommending this documentary to everyone I know.


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