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A soldier who never fired a weapon but saved many fellow soldiers under combat conditions, Desmond Thomas Doss has been the subject of books, a documentary and the critically acclaimed file, "Hacksaw Ridge".

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia on Feb 7th, 1919, Desmond was raised a devout Seventh-day Adventist and worked at the Lynchburg Lumber Company to support his family during the great depression.  He was employed as a shipyard joiner, installing interior ship components, at Newport News, Virginia. Doss was able to read, write and utilize full scale blueprints, but followed the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs of Sabbath-keeping, nonviolence and a vegetarian lifestyle.  

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On the outbreak of the U.S. involvement with World War II, Doss was offered a deferment for the critical work he did at the shipyard.  He declined,  enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 1, 1942 at Camp Lee, Virginia, and attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson with the reactivated 77th Infantry Division (New York).

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The 77th Infantry Division (Statue of Liberty Division) was reconstituted as the 77th Sustainment Brigade. Soldiers from the 77th Regional Readiness Command & 77th Sustainment Brigade have served in the most major conflict and contingency operations since World War II.

Doss enlisted as a conscientious objector and several attempts were made to "drum" him out of Basic Training. His strong will, belief in supporting the war effort and conviction to duty resulted in his receiving medical training and being assigned to the 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry, 77th ID.

During combat operations on Guam and in the Philippines in 1944, Private First Class Doss was awarded two Bronze Star medals, with V device for valor, for exceptional valor in aiding wounded soldiers while under fire.   During a particularly heavy month of fighting in May 1945, PFC Doss saved the lives of 50-100 wounded infantrymen atop the Maeda Escarpment (Hacksaw Ridge), Doss was wounded four times. Doss suffered a left arm fracture from a sniper's bullet, had seventeen pieces of embedded shrapnel, survived a grenade explosion, as well as other injuries.  

 

Because of his actions, PFC Doss was nominated for, and received, the Medal of Honor. Doss was also awarded three Purple Heart Medals, the Combat Medic Badge and seven other medals and ribbons during his military career.

 

Corporal Doss receiving the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman on October 12, 1945

Medal of Honor

General Order No.: 97, November 1, 1945.

Award Citation:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the MEDAL OF HONOR to PRIVATE FIRST CLASS DESMOND T. DOSS UNITED STATES ARMY

for service as set forth in the following

Citation: Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, United States Army, Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Near Urasoe-Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 29 April – 21 May 1945. He was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high. As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machinegun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Private First Class Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying them one by one to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands. On 2 May, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and two days later he treated four men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within eight yards of enemy forces in a cave's mouth, where he dressed his comrades' wounds before making four separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety. On 5 May, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small arms fire to assist an artillery officer. He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small-arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma. Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Private First Class Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire. On 21 May, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited five hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Private First Class Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, this time suffering a compound fracture of one arm. With magnificent fortitude he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yards over rough terrain to the aid station. Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Private First Class Doss saved the lives of many soldiers. His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty.

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October 12, 1945
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Corporal Doss was unable to continue his carpentry career post war due to the extensive damage to his left arm. In 1946, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, contracted during the Leyte campaign, and underwent treatment for five and a half years. This treatment resulted in the loss of a lung and five ribs, his discharge from the hospital in August 1951 with a 90% disability.  Doss's medical issues ultimately resulted in his receiving a 100% disability.  Despite his significant injuries, Doss raised a family and died on March 23, 2006. He was buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

 

 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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31/10/2018 2:45 am  

The nature of a man is to be heroic. We have it in us to do these things. This is an example of a man taking that potential and turning it into action. Doss shows us the best of humanity, and how we should all be in our lives. 

"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."
Groucho Marx: Duck Soup (1933)


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Posted by: Uly The Cunning

The nature of a man is to be heroic. We have it in us to do these things. This is an example of a man taking that potential and turning it into action. Doss shows us the best of humanity, and how we should all be in our lives. 

In my stars I am above thee; but be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ’em.  Shakespeare.

Doss certainly meets number three and shows what believing in oneself and just trying to do the best that one can do, can result in. 

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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01/11/2018 7:59 am  

That is quite a military  accomplishment for a non-violent conscientious objector.  Yes GregBo  he had it thrust upon him taking his beliefs into consideration. 

I salute him supporting his country's position when it was against his own beliefs and its a shame they tried to drum him out of basic training.

I would guess they questioned his commitment to giving his best,  He fully answered their questions with an amazing performance in the most extreme conditions..

 

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Posted by: uoSʎWodɹɐH

That is quite a military  accomplishment for a non-violent conscientious objector.  Yes GregBo  he had it thrust upon him taking his beliefs into consideration. 

I salute him supporting his country's position when it was against his own beliefs and its a shame they tried to drum him out of basic training.

I would guess they questioned his commitment to giving his best,  He fully answered their questions with an amazing performance in the most extreme conditions..

 

I have not seen the movie Harpo but will do so soon.  Regarding BCT, being in a line infantry unit during World War II meant that you were being trained to become proficient in attempting to kill other people.  Once you deployed, you were expected to practice until you became skilled in the art of killing.

At some point, someone in his chain of command saw his potential and stepped up in a huge manner.  

​"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." -Albert Pike

​"​My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.​" - Clarence Buddinton Kelland


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01/11/2018 8:18 pm  

OK that guy has it going on! 


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17/11/2018 3:51 pm  

I just happen to see that movie Hacksaw Ridge a while back on tv, I didn’t know he was a real person, and that it was based on a true story, when I saw the ending of the movie it caught me by surprise, pretty awesome. During the movie I thought it was awesome how he saved some of the wounded Jap soldiers, and not just the Americans, even though the Japs that ended up on the American side didn’t make it. Here’s the clip of the ending with the real dude and interviews.

#Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (Revelation 3:3)


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17/11/2018 4:19 pm  

I like reading about tough hombres. My favorite tough hombre is Louis Zamparini. I used to read Unbroken while waiting for my turn in divorce court for inspiration. The bailiff took three books away from me. If Zamperini could survive what he went through, I could survive what I was going through. 


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18/11/2018 10:25 am  

The future will have less and less heroes as charity becomes a function of government bureaucrats with forced collections through the tax code. 

The next "big war" feminized bureaucratic conglomerate nations of the west shall surly loose as the men have been emasculated, demoralized, and even radicalized against their own homelands. 

I will not defend that to which I know has transformed to an evil entity unto itself, only fools defend that!   


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18/11/2018 6:56 pm  

Götz von Berlichingen:

Gottfried "Götz" von Berlichingen (1480 – 23 July 1562), also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, was a German (Franconian) Imperial Knight (Reichsritter), mercenary, and poet. He was born around 1480 into the noble family of Berlichingen in modern-day Baden-Württemberg. Götz bought Hornberg Castle (Neckarzimmern) in 1517, and lived there until his death in 1562. He was active in numerous military campaigns during a period of 47 years from 1498 to 1544, including the German Peasants' War, besides numerous feuds; in his autobiography he estimates that he fought 15 feuds in his own name, besides many cases where he lent assistance to his friends, including feuds against the cities of Cologne, Ulm, Augsburg and the Swabian League, as well as the bishop of Bamberg.

His name became famous as a euphemism for a vulgar expression (Er kann mich am Arsch lecken – "He can lick my ass") attributed to him by writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), who wrote a play based on his life.

Gottfried "Götz" von Berlichingen (1480 – 23 July 1562), also known as Götz of the Iron Hand, was a German (Franconian) Imperial Knight (Reichsritter), mercenary, and poet. He was born around 1480 into the noble family of Berlichingen in modern-day Baden-Württemberg. Götz bought Hornberg Castle (Neckarzimmern) in 1517, and lived there until his death in 1562.

He was active in numerous military campaigns during a period of 47 years from 1498 to 1544, including the German Peasants' War, besides numerous feuds; in his autobiography he estimates that he fought 15 feuds in his own name, besides many cases where he lent assistance to his friends, including feuds against the cities of Cologne, Ulm, Augsburg and the Swabian League, as well as the bishop of Bamberg.

His name became famous as a euphemism for a vulgar expression (Er kann mich am Arsch lecken – "He can lick my ass") attributed to him by writer and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), who wrote a play based on his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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18/11/2018 7:39 pm  

I don't know if men from the past were different/better than what we seem to have today.

The previous generations always come across as tougher in mind, body and spirit. I'm generalizing I know, but that's how it strikes me anyways.

It could be that their food wasn't laced with chemicals/Soy etc, their water fluoridated, and everything they ate didn't come wrapped in plastic.

Or maybe they just believed in something? The Greater Good? National Pride? Religion? a Duty to provide for their Families?

We've lost those things.

Especially the latter.

 

 

 


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Posted by: Greg Honda

I don't know if men from the past were different/better than what we seem to have today.

The previous generations always come across as tougher in mind, body and spirit. I'm generalizing I know, but that's how it strikes me anyways.

It could be that their food wasn't laced with chemicals/Soy etc, their water fluoridated, and everything they ate didn't come wrapped in plastic.

Or maybe they just believed in something? The Greater Good? National Pride? Religion? a Duty to provide for their Families?

We've lost those things.

Especially the latter.

 

 

 

Now that masculinity is considered toxic, and feminism pure and wholesome, it's time for men to walk away and isolate ourselves from this clear and present danger. 

A retard can understand this, but a modern woman can't, and that says it all!  


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28/12/2018 1:45 am  

God, Cigars, and Whisky

Always a winning combination and here is proof:

http://www.fox7austin.com/news/local-news/nations-oldest-living-veteran-richard-overton-dies-in-austin-at-age-112

 


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28/12/2018 11:49 am  
Posted by: Greg Honda

I don't know if men from the past were different/better than what we seem to have today.

The previous generations always come across as tougher in mind, body and spirit. I'm generalizing I know, but that's how it strikes me anyways.

It could be that their food wasn't laced with chemicals/Soy etc, their water fluoridated, and everything they ate didn't come wrapped in plastic.

Or maybe they just believed in something? The Greater Good? National Pride? Religion? a Duty to provide for their Families?

We've lost those things.

Especially the latter.

 

 

 

One fully understands why you say that and I certainly agree that many today are spineless snow flakes that expect everything handed to them on a plate.

However do not give the baby boomer generation too much credit -they give themselves far too much credit. In many ways certainly form an employment and money making point of view and housing point of view they had it far,  easier than my generation.

Job for life, good pensioner, fellow Gen Xer's dare not dream of such things and in that regard it got even worse as the millenials became of working age.

I'm generation X.

Couldn't stop the raves could they despite millions spent on media hate campaigns, riot police beating people up and copters -they lasted 25 years

Destroyed industry -no one had  a job.

Ever taken a sheep off the moors so you could eat?

Many did although I do not condone such things.

True X till I die

 

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It'sallbs | Leave means Leave| UK owes the EU £0 and must pay £0| £60 billion for the privilege of being avassal state? As a previous PM once said NO,NO,NO


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