Army Who Never Used Weapons

Often people think of receiving a medal of honor, with the image of a brave soldier and holding a weapon on the battlefield without fear.

But that's not true, if the recipient of the award is Desmond Doss. Desmond Doss also fought and risked his life on the battlefield.

However, this soldier never once carried or used a weapon to kill because he adhered to Christian teachings.

Desmond was born on February 7, 1919 in Lychnburg, Virginia. He is the third child of Tom and Bertha Dos.

Desmond Doss entered the United States Army on April 1, 1942 because he wanted to contribute something to his country.


He joined the army in the medical division because he knew he couldn't hold a weapon. His religion forbids killing people. However, unfortunately he was placed near the infantry rifle company.

Desmond was often bullied by other soldiers as well as senior officers for his holdings. He asked for help from his father, Tom, to obtain formal approval from the Constitution that he would not hold a weapon during the war.

The way he contributed to the war was to treat every wounded soldier he encountered, regardless of his own troops or enemy soldiers, the Japanese.


During the Battle of Okinawa, Desmond was busy trying to save the lives of his friends, even to the point of death.

When Desmond's army regiment was ordered to retreat due to strong Japanese defenses, he did not give up and continued to rescue his wounded comrades.

Doss saved 75 people that day! The battle continued from May 21 to June 21 and eventually the American army won the war.

Doss has been awarded the Medal of Honor (a medal given by the President of the United States), the Bronze Star and more.


The story of Doss's bravery has attracted Benedict and Mel Gibson to become a hit movie in 2016.


Benedict confessed to all the stories that Doss had told him in an interview. Unfortunately, Doss didn't get to see the Hacksaw Ridge movie. Desmond Doss died at the age of 87.

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