Keeping the Faith: Desmond Doss

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- There are many heroes of war, but none so dramatic as the man echoed in the film Hacksaw Ridge. Alan Williams highlighted hero Desmond Doss in his segment Keeping the Faith.

Desmond Doss was a lanky 23-year-old when he joined the army out of Lynchburg, Virginia. He claimed he wanted to be a part of the U.S. Army, but he didn't want to shoot a gun because of his faith.

Doss was a bonafide conscientious objector. What he did in battle not only changed how the Army saw him, but also how the world did. That view was all centered around his unyielding faith.

Doss wanted to be a medic in the field, but he was held back by his faith. In boot camp he was beaten and ridiculed for his hesitation, but at one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific Theater, that all changed.

Doss did the unthinkable, staying on the ridge in the face of almost certain death. He lowered 75 injured men by rope to the bottom, never firing a shot during his work. Doss himself was wounded during the encounter four times.

Doss's heroic actions earned him the Medal of Honor. He died in Piedmont, Ala., at the age of 87, in 2006. He was buried in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga.