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In His Own Words: Watch Hacksaw Ridge Hero and Medal of Honor Recipient Desmond Doss Tell His Story

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The recently released movie Hacksaw Ridge tells the amazing story of the courageous actions in WWII of Medal of Honor Recipient Desmond Doss. To provide insight into the man the movie is about, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (www.themedalofhonor.com) announced today that everyone can watch Doss tell his own story in the Living History section of its website at http://themedalofhonor.com/medal-of-honor-recipients/recipients/doss-desmond-world-war-two.

"I knew Desmond for more than 30 years and Hacksaw Ridge does a great job telling the story of his life and the battle in which he earned the Medal," said Col. (retired) Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor Recipient and Foundation co-chairman. "However, it's compelling and moving to hear Desmond tell his own story, in his own words."

Doss, a combat medic in World War II who was a conscientious objector and refused to carry a weapon in combat, received the Medal of Honor after saving the lives of more than 70 soldiers during a battle on the island of Okinawa in 1945. In the movie Hacksaw Ridge, Doss is played by actor Andrew Garfield in the Mel Gibson-directed film now playing in theaters nationwide. 

The Foundation video of Doss telling his story is 5:37 minutes long.

Visit www.themedalofhonor.com to learn more about the Medal of Honor, its Recipients and the education, outreach and recognition programs they support.

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society:

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 76 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation:

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation was founded in 1999 by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society to perpetuate the legacy of the Medal. Through character development, scholarship and citizen recognition programs based on the values embodied in the Medal — courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism — the Foundation teaches all citizens that they can make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation also supports the important work of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. A 501©(3) nonprofit organization with Tax ID #25-1828488, the Foundation carries a rating of 4/4 stars for fiscal management, accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator, America's premiere nonprofit evaluator.

Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Contact: Mike Caldwell, 703-469-1861, ext. 102

 

SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation