THE REAL LIFE "HACKSAW RIDGE"

At the Bijou this Friday we open a very important war film, "Hacksaw Ridge." Why important? It tells the true story of Desmond Thomas Doss, a Medic in the 77th Infantry Division in World War II. But Doss didn't begin his Army service as a Medic, rather as a Rifleman. But upon being drafted, due to his beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist, Doss refused to even touch a rifle. This of course did not sit well with the U.S. Army.

But Doss wanted to serve his country, and eventually he was allowed to train as a Medic. And it's lucky for us that he did, because when the 77th Infantry was deployed to the Japanese island of Okinawa in 1945, he single-handedly saved the lives of 75 men! Doss became the first conscientious objector to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.

"Hacksaw Ridge" is an examination of Doss' heroic story, and it sticks to the truth pretty well, too (make sure you read this link after you see the movie because spoilers abound.) Doss was also featured on an episode of "This is Your Life" in 1959. And despite wounds received in combat, he lived to age 87 and died in 2006. You can watch an interview with the man himself here, too.

Thank you for all you did, Corporal Doss.