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The Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge is an extraordinary true story of a U.S Army, Desmond T. Doss, in

the encounter of Okinawa, during the bloodiest battle of World War II, who saved 75 men
without firing a single shot. Believing that the war was just but killing was nevertheless
wrong, he was the only American soldier in World War II to fight on the front lines without
a weapon. During the combat against the Japanese, his comrades determined extreme
casualties and decided to escape from the Hacksaw Ridge (the battle field). However,
Desmond Doss, who had a strong religious belief, was dazed by what’s happening and
began to ask God what is His purpose for making him witness all the violence. Doss was
left there with the dead and incapacitated men, questioning the situation, until screams
for help was heard. He realized that it was his mission, it was what God wanted him to
accomplish. As a combat medic, Doss single-handedly evacuated the wounded militaries
down the ridge and putting his own life on the line.

In a very crucial situation, Doss decided to save his fellow soldiers without
hesitating that he might get caught and killed by their opponents. He prayed and told,
“Lord, please help me get one more”, by this, he was able to save a total of 75 men all by
himself; without holding a weapon. His decision was pure heroism and courage. It was
his religion that served as his guidance in making moral decisions. It brought him to stand
firm in his belief that he could help in the war not by killing, but by saving. Since Doss
believed in the Holy Bible, he kept hold of the commandment of God that, “Thou shall not
kill”. This belief also matches Aristotle’s philosophy about killing: “Murder is not virtuous
because there is no mean, or intermediate state. Murder is murder whether it is killing
one person or ten people. Either way you look at it, it is still wrong. There is no excess
or defect and therefore murder would not be considered to be virtuous in any way”.
Moreover, Immanuel Kant stated that certain types of actions including murder, theft, and
lying were absolutely prohibited, even in cases where the action would bring about more
happiness than the alternative. These principles correspond to the actions that Doss
made during the war.

After the World War II, America won against the Japanese, and Desmond Doss
was able to get the Congressional Medal of Honor, America’s highest award for courage.
He also earned and won the respect and admiration of people for his bravery, selflessness
and compassion after he risked his life to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa. He was
the first conscientious objector in American history to receive the said award. He was
twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines. His life
has been the subject of film, books and the documentary The Conscientious Objector.

Desmond T. Doss is indeed an inspiration, he truly made morally right decisions in

his life. He inspired numerous people for his heroism and he proved that everyone can
do so, even if for some, it’s “just” being a combat medic. He showed that a person can
still be brave even if he is not using a weapon, without using violence. He remained
characteristically modest, giving all the credit to God. If I am the one who was in the
situation, I would try to accomplish what Doss did since I stand in the saying “virtues over
violence”. I will do my best to help each person in the battlefield who could possibly be
saved. I may not be that strong, I may not be that brave, but even all that, I will strive to
save and not kill anyone. For I know that you can never use violence to gain peace, I am
likewise convinced that violence and apathy are the worst things you can ever do to other