“When we go into combat, Doss, you’re not comin’ back alive. I’m gonna shoot you myself!” The men of the 77th Infantry Division couldn’t fathom why Private Desmond T. Doss would venture into the horrors of World War II without a single weapon to defend himself. “You’re nothing but a coward!” they said. But the soft-spoken medic insisted that his mission was to heal, not kill. When Desmond knelt by his bunk to pray, his fellow soldiers hurled boots and insults at him. Even his commander wanted to throw him out of the army. But when his unit arrived on the battlefield, the intrepid medic quickly proved he was no coward. One terrifying day in the vicious battle for Okinawa, dozens of Desmond’s former tormenters lay wounded and bleeding atop Hacksaw Ridge. As Japanese bullets rained down, their fate seemed hopeless. Could one unarmed man save their lives? This page-turner will keep you riveted to your seat as you discover how Desmond Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Desmond’s dramatic true story of integrity, redemption, and heroism will inspire you to live by the courage of your convictions.
When I first seen the preview for this movie, I was definitely intrigued. One day while visiting our local small town coffee house, I ran into a man and woman that were giving away these books for free. They asked me to post my honest opinion and help them get the word out about this amazing God fearing soldier that went to battle without a weapon. The prospect of reading this book before I seen the movie was alluring (I never get to see movies until they go to Redbox lol) and I was not disappointed.
I am not usually a war book reader, but this book was so much more than that. It was well written and had very detailed account about this man, Private Desmond T. Doss. A man that proudly served his country without ever having to bear arms. He was ridiculed and made fun of for his beliefs. But he stood tall knowing that God was on his side. Becoming a medical soldier was still a dangerous job and he continued to decline the offer of a rifle. At one point after refusing, a superior officer tried to have him sent back to the states. Try as they might they could not get him to take a weapon. He stood fast in his beliefs and has since become revered by many.
A very interesting book! If you are interested in faith and war stories this is definitely the one for you!