“Hacksaw Ridge”: Movie review

“Hacksaw Ridge” tells the story of conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear arms or kill enemy soldiers, yet became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his courage under fire and the many lives he saved in Guam, Leyte, and Okinawa. The movie focuses on the battle of Okinawa, where Doss single-handedly saved the lives of 75 soldiers atop a jagged ridge under heavy Japanese fire. While the film takes maybe one or two liberties for the sake of the narrative (obviously his unit knew something about his courage under fire prior to Okinawa, given he was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for aiding wounded soldiers under fire in Guam and the Philippines), it is nevertheless an electrifying portrait of this brave medic and his incredible actions in the grueling hellish conditions of Okinawa.
The medal of honor citation is, however, an even more striking and unbelievable telling of events, and well worth reading.



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