Desmond Doss
Defsmond Doss

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers about Desmond T. Doss

What was Doss's occupation before he enlisted?

Occupation after the war?

Could Doss have gotten a deferment?

When was Doss classified as a Conscientious Objector?

Was Desmond drafted?

When did Desmond enter active duty?

When was he discharged from the Army?

When did he receive the MOH?

Date of service for MOH and where?

Where did he see action?

What are his other decorations?

How old was Desmond when he died?

Where is Desmond buried?

What happened to brother Hal?

Was Desmond 's father decorated in WWI?

Did Desmond's father suffer from Shell Shock, or PTSD?

Did Desmond and his father ever reconcile?

How long were Desmond and Dorothy married?

When did Desmond's wife, Dorothy, die?

Did Desmond and Dorothy have children?

Did Desmond's PTSD effect his relationship with his son?

Did Desmond and his son reconcile.

What was Desmond Jrs. reaction to all the attention
given his father?

Did Desmond Jr. adopt his father's denominational religion?

Did Desmond remarry?

Are any of the men Desmond saved still living?

Where are the places Desmond lived?

How accurate is the movie, Hacksaw Ridge?

Did Desmond read any of the Hacksaw Ridge
movie scripts?

Did the Seventh-day Adventist church read or have input on the script?

How did Hacksaw Ridge come to be made?

Who is Bill Mechanic, Producer Hacksaw Ridge?

What is the Desmond Doss Council?

Desmond Doss Council Mission?

Did The Desmond Doss Council have any creative or production input to Hacksaw Ridge?

Who was the actor that portrayed Doss?

Would Desmond approve of his portrayal?

Would Desmond have judged Hacksaw Ridge as truthful?

Did Desmond recover from his wounds?

Did Desmond Have any other service related Illnesses?

What words best describe Desmond Doss?

Was Desmond a Pacifist?

Why is the movie so violent?

Where is the Bible given to Desmond by Dorothy?

Where are the archives of Doss materials?

Are there exhibits honoring Doss?

What is the name of the book about Doss?

In what languages will the book be published?

Name of the Desmond Doss documentary

How is the 2016 Documentary different?

Is documentary available in other languages?

Official websites for Desmond Doss

Official websites for Hacksaw Ridge

Other publications featuring Doss

Where to find information on Doss's beliefs?

Where to learn about the faith themes of Hacksaw Ridge?

 

What was Doss's occupation before he enlisted?

Carpenter

Doss's occupation after the war?

Carpenter, international speaker to youth groups on Character Development.

Could Doss have gotten a deferment?

Yes. He worked in a Hampton Roads, VA ship building yard.

When was Doss classified as a Conscientious Objector?

He had a draft classification of 1AO. Non-combatant military service prior to the war.

Was Desmond drafted?

No. He enlisted or volunteered. As a result, his draft status as a 1AO conscientious objector (non-combatant) was voided. He maintained his conscientious objection which caused problems.

When did Desmond enter active duty?

April 1, 1942

When was he discharged from the Army?

Late 1945

When did he receive the MOH?

November 12, 1945

Date of service for MOH and where?

29 April - 26 May 1945 Okinawa

Where did he see action?

Guam, Leyte and Okinawa

What are his other decorations?

  • 2 Bronze Stars for valor. One in Guam and one in Leyte.
  • 3 Purple Hearts
  • Pacific Asia Campaign Ribbon with star signifying he made an amphibious landing.
  • Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon awarded to the 1st Battalion, 507 Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division for securing the Maeda Escarpment.
  • Combat Medical Badge

How old was Desmond when he died?

87

Where is Desmond buried?

Chattanooga, TN National Cemetery

What happened to brother Hal?

Harold or "HAL", enlisted in the Navy. Served in Europe. In 1945 was a crew member on the destroyer USS Lindsey which was involved in two Iwo Jima landings and in the Okinawa campaign. Ship was severely damaged by two direct hits by kamikaze aircraft April 12, 1945. For a couple of days, Harold was listed as KIA in error.
Was not wounded. Died in 2007.

Was Desmond 's father decorated in WWI?

Yes, Silver Star.

Did Desmond's father suffer from Shell Shock, or PTSD?

Yes

Did Desmond and his father ever reconcile?

Yes.

How long were Desmond and Dorothy married?

49 years

When did Desmond's wife, Dorothy, die?

Dorothy was accidentally killed in an automobile accident in 1991.

Did Desmond and Dorothy have children?

Yes, Desmond Thomas Doss Jr. born 1946. Still living.

Did Desmond's PTSD effect his relationship with his son?

Yes. Periods of estrangement occurred.

Did Desmond and his son reconcile.

Yes.

What was Desmond Jrs. reaction to all the attention given his father?

In numerous interviews, he is very supportive of the movie, his father's portrayal by Andrew Garfield, and the dramatization of factual events.

Did Desmond Jr. adopt his father's denominational religion?

No. Desmond Jr. shows great respect for his fathers faith and religion.

Did Desmond remarry?

Yes, 1993, Francis Duman. Died 2008

Are any of the men Desmond saved still living?

No. Meet some of them. Watch the documentary, the Conscientious Objector.

How many men is Desmond credited with saving?

75 at least. Army estimated over 100. Doss felt it was no more than 50. Does not include the uncounted saves on Guam and Leyte.

Where are the places Desmond lived?

  • Lynchburg, VA until 1955
  • Rising Fawn, GA until 2005
  • Piedmont, AL until his death in 2006

How accurate is the movie, Hacksaw Ridge?

Very. Events are condensed and events from several events have been combined. Many factual events during the period are not included because of time constraints and unbelievability (according to Mel Gibson) though true. Courtship takes dramatic license but individual events, Desmond's faith, beliefs are accurate.

Did Desmond read any Hacksaw Ridge scripts?

No. He died before the first script was written.

Did the Seventh-day Adventist church read or have input to the script?

Three members of the Desmond Doss Council read all the scripts and were able to offer comments. The script writers and Producer wanted to insure accuracy of the story, proper representation of Desmond's beliefs and the Seventh-day Adventist church and historical setting.

How did Hacksaw Ridge come to be made?

Doss had been approached by many producers and directors asking to be allowed to make a film. In all instances, Desmond backed out of the projects because of fictionalization of the facts and his beliefs. Desmond legally chartered the Desmond Doss Council and gave them the Rights to his story if a film could be made that was true to the facts, his beliefs and his church. The Council found a producer, Bill Mechanic, who agreed to the stipulations and transferred the rights after months of negotiation to the producer. It took the producer over 13 years to bring the project to fruition. The story of this quest is in itself, a miracle.

Who is Bill Mechanic, Producer Hacksaw Ridge?

President, Pandemonium Films, former president, 20th Century Fox. Production credit on 259 films including Mel Gibson's Braveheart.

What is the Desmond Doss Council?

NFP legally chartered by Desmond Doss in 2000. Operates within the Trust Association of the Georgia Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Calhoun, GA. All members are volunteers.

Desmond Doss Council Mission?

Protect, Preserve and Manage the Desmond Doss Life Story, his Legacy, Intellectual Property, Collections, and Memorabilia to God's Glory

Did The Desmond Doss Council have any creative or production input to Hacksaw Ridge?

No. The producer gave selected Council members access to all script versions and were invited to comment. The Council provided resource materials upon request. The Council's Chairman was invited to interact with cast and crew on location in Australia during the filming. A strong and respectful bond was formed between the Council, producers, cast and film's distributors.
Council members accompanied the films U.S. distributor, Lionsgate, to numerous faith and veteran focus group pre-release screenings to answer audience questions about Doss, his beliefs, life, church and military history about the battle.

Who was the actor that portrayed Doss?

Andrew Garfield, a 33 year-old English actor who so accurately portrayed Doss's mannerisms, speech and humble personality, he could have been Doss's twin even though Doss was 10 years younger.

Would Desmond approve of his portrayal?

Yes.

Would Desmond have judged Hacksaw Ridge as truthful?

Yes.

Did Desmond recover from his wounds?

Yes. He was wounded by a grenade in the right leg as depicted in the movie. He received a sniper's bullet wound to his right arm that broke all three bones.

Did Desmond Have any other service related Illnesses?

Yes. He contracted severe tuberculosis and spent 5 1/2 years in and out of VA hospitals during which time a lung was removed and several ribs. He was treated with a new antibiotic, Streptomycin, a side effect of which caused him to completely lose his hearing by 1976. He underwent cochlear implants to partially restore his hearing.

What words best describe Desmond Doss?

Integrity (Do what is right when no one is watching and do it no matter the circumstances)

Love of God, country and his fellow man even at the cost of one's own life

Was Desmond a Pacifist?

No. He was adamant that he was a patriot. He called himself a Conscientious Cooperator. His military service, valor and heroism underscores his patriotism. He just refused to kill or train with a gun.

Why is the movie so violent?

The battle for Okinawa and specifically the Maeda Escarpment is considered by military historians the bloodiest battle of the South Pacific and perhaps of the entire WWII. This is determined by casualty density over the duration of the battle. Over 300,000 lives were lost on Okinawa in a period of less than six weeks. Mel Gibson insisted on depicting the truth of war in all of its horror and contrasting it with the life, beliefs and exploits of Desmond.

Where is the Bible given to Desmond by Dorothy?

Lost.

Where are the archives of Doss materials?

  • Heritage Room, Del Webb Library, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. by appointment for researchers.
  • Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Museum, Chattanooga, TN.
  • US Army Medical Department Museum and Historical Collections, Joint Base Fort Sam Houston, TX.

Are there exhibits honoring Doss?

Yes.

  • Veterans Park, Collegedale, TN
  • Charles Coolidge Medal of Honor Museum, Chattanooga, TN
  • Hall of Heros, Pentagon, Washington, DCDoss Memorial, Seventh-day Adventist Church, Naha, Okinawa.
  • US Army Medical Department Museum. San Antonio, TX.

What is the name of the book about Doss?

The Unlikeliest Hero, by Booten Herndon, Original title, 1967 edition, out of print, © Desmond Doss Council.

Redemption on Hacksaw Ridge, Booten Herndon, New title updated and expanded 2016 edition, © Desmond Doss Council. published by Remnant Publications.

In what languages will the book be published?

English, Spanish, Serbian, German, Polish, Norwegian, Italian as of 2016.

Name of the Desmond Doss documentary

The Conscientious Objector , theatrical documentary and DVD, Terry Benedict Director/Producer, © by the Desmond Doss Council

How is the 2016 Documentary different?

HD, BluRay, 5.1 sound, re-edited.

Is documentary available in other languages?

Yes. Spanish, English at the present. Go to: www.desmonddoss.com

Official websites for Desmond Doss

www.desmonddoss.com

www.desmonddoss.com/re

Official websites for Hacksaw Ridge

www.hacksawridge.com

www.hacksawridgeresources.com

Other publications featuring Doss

  • True Comics, April 6, 1943.
  • Desmond Doss, Conscientious Objector , Francis Doss, © Pacific Press, 2016
  • Hero on Hacksaw Ridge , Abridged, by Booton Herndon, postscript, Doug Bachelor, © Desmond Doss Council, published by Remnant Publications, 2016
  • This Is Your Life, TV program, Ralph Edwards, February 1959

Where to find information on Doss's beliefs?

The Faith of Desmond Doss , by John Bradshaw, It Is Written, 2016, www.IIW.org

www.desmonddoss.com

www.hacksawridgeresources.com

www.ItIsWritten.com/desmonddoss

twitter.com/DesmondDoss @DesmondDoss

Where to learn about the faith themes of Hacksaw Ridge?

Beyond Hacksaw Ridge: An Order of Battle , by Richard Stenbakken, Col, (Chaplain), USA, Retired, 2016. Discover Bible School, Voice of Prophesy and Remnant Publications.