Desmond Doss: The True Story Behind The Hero Medic From Hacksaw Ridge

Born With It

Desmond Doss was born on February 7, 1919, in Lynchburg, Virginia, right at the foothills of the Blueridge Mountains. His family were devout Seventh-day Adventists who followed a certain type of lifestyle. The Doss family kept the Sabbath, which meant that they viewed Saturday as a day of rest when they didn’t work.


Source: Courtesy of the Desmond Doss Council

Doss’ mother, Bertha, also preached a nonviolent and vegetarian lifestyle, and these values were deeply instilled into the future hero. From a young age, Doss radiated the same kind of empathy that he would display as a soldier later in life. As a child, he once walked six miles to donate blood to a complete stranger after hearing about the blood drive on a local radio station. A few days later, he donated more.

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