In the wake of Veterans Day, I’ve found myself thinking about Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss. Doss was an army medic in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. As a Seventh-day Adventist, he not only requested to observe the Sabbath on Saturdays, but he also refused to kill a soul. As a consequence, his fellow soldiers ostracized and abused him for being a “conscientious objector.” When he was on Okinawa with his men, hundreds were slaughtered and had to retreat on the battlefield of Hacksaw Ridge. But not Doss. He remained and lowered over seventy-five wounded men from its precipice for twelve hours while avoiding Japanese forces. In a biographical documentary by Terry Benedict, Doss said that he repeated a simple prayer throughout the night: “Lord, please help me get one more.” He did this without firing a single shot.
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