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President Truman and Desmond Doss
President Truman and Desmond Doss

Mel Gibson didn’t get a Golden Globe Award for best director for his latest war film Hacksaw Ridge which was also up for the best picture-drama award. The awards went to La La Land. The picture could still be up for an Academy Award though.  The movie was rather spectacular.  Here is the story we wrote about it when Mel Gibson was in Washington, DC.  This was previously posted in October of 2016: 

 

One of the greatest heroes in American History never fired a bullet! That hero was WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss who served during the Battle of Okinawa. He refused to bear arms and kill people over his religious upholding of the Sixth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” He became the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor for highhandedly rescuing roughly 75 of his wounded comrades while under heavy mortar and gunfire.

 

President Truman awarded Doss the Medal of Honor on October 12, 1945. “When my time came, I went up,” said Doss of the ceremony. “President Truman, he came out and he stepped over the line, he caught me by my hands, shook my hand like I was an old-time friend, somebody he had known all his life. He didn’t even give me a chance to get nervous.” excerpt from Medal of Honor: Oral Histories. Doss died on March 23, 2006.