It was an honor to visit the legend, Army Corporal Desmond Doss.
Doss received 2 Bronze Stars and 3 Purple Hearts for his service and heroism as a medic throughout various campaigns in World War II.
During the Battle of Okinawa, 75 of his men were wounded and separated from the rest of their platoon on top of a jagged 400 foot cliff, known as the infamous “Hacksaw Ridge.” He stayed on the cliff with them as the only medic and over the course of the days and nights that followed charged (at times 200 yards) into enemy rifle fire, mortars, artillery and grenades, until he reached every casualty.
1 by 1 he dragged them to the cliffs edge and lowered them with a rope, a single litter and his raw hands the 400 feet to his platoon below, earning him the Medal of Honor. He did all of this without carrying a weapon or firing a single shot. Doss was a religious man who identified as a “conscientious objector.”
When asked why he replied “with the world so set on tearing itself apart, it don’t seem like such a bad thing to me to wanna put a little of it back together.” As he ran to each casualty he would repeat “please Lord, help me get one more.”
Thank you for your service, inspiration and legacy sir.