Desmond Doss was not an average hero. His heroism is not distinguished only by bravery, but by power of will.
Desmond was just a youngster when United States entered World War Two. Like many other boys of his age, he was eager to help his country in these hard times. His “problem” was that he wasn’t able to help in a way others could. Desmond was a Seventh Day Adventist and was raised in strong belief in the Sixth Commandment - “thou shall not kill”. It was a challenge for him to go to war without having to shoot at anyone.
Nevertheless in 1942 Desmond Doss joined the United States Army. Once there, he declared as conscientious objector and refused to take weapon in his hand. Needless to say that his decision was met with spurn by both officers and privates. The only thing he could do was to serve as a medic, and it suited him just fine. However when he further insisted to be relieved from all duties on Saturdays, he became the most unpopular person in his unit.
Maltreatment was an everyday routine for Desmond. Other soldiers ridiculed and mocked both him and his religious beliefs. To them, he was just a coward avoiding duties. Desmond had a strong desire to be part of the unit, but not at the cost of his beliefs.
After the training was finished, Desmond was sent with the rest of his unit to Pacific Theatre At the islands of Guam and Leyte they faced a strong resistance from Japanese, who fought vigorously to the last man. In these terrible moments of fight, it was Desmond and his medic skills that all soldiers could always rely on. He became famous in his unit as someone who never left an injured man behind. He risked his own life to take an injured soldier under enemy fire. Because of such attitude, Desmond started to gain respect from his men. As the war was going on, Desmond not only became one of them, he became their hero.
During the Battle of Okinawa, Desmond’s unit got stuck under Japanese fire on the Hacksaw Ridge. After few hours of battle, bodies of wounded soldiers were lying everywhere with no one to help them. Except for Desmond. Disregarding orders from his commanding officer, Desmond crawled from one wounded soldier to another, taking them on his back to safe. At the end of the day, he saved 75 soldiers. For his act of heroism, Desmond was awarded with Medal of Honor.
He went from zero to hero, but never gave up on his beliefs. He showed that one should always stand strong in what he believes no matter what!