Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Desmond Doss

The hero behind the fabulous film Hacksaw Ridge. From Vintage News:
 During the Battle of Okinawa, the fighting took place on the Maeda Escarpment in April 1945. The battlefield was located on top of a sheer 400-foot steep cliff which was nicknamed Hacksaw Ridge. The battalion had to climb on the top of the cliff and face a deadly network of Japanese machine guns and traps. After a horrifying battle, the battalion was ordered to retreat and Doss was the only one who stayed behind because he didn’t want to leave his fallen friends to suffer. Alone, he carried his wounded comrades to the edge of the cliff and one by one he lowered them down to safety. Singlehandedly, he saved the lives of 75 soldiers. Doss was evacuated from Okinawa on May 21, 1945, aboard the USS Mercy. (Read more.)

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