the conscientous objector

a good friend, bob desanto (a former county prosecutor)  passed along an amazing video that he said i had to watch.  its a documentary based on the life of Desmond Doss who was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor.

Its truly an amazing story told by his own words and members of his company.   Doss simply refused to kill, or carry a weapon into combat.  He was a Seventh-day Adventist.  He served as a medic in the Pacific during World War II.  He saved literally dozens of his fellow soldiers.  The video is filled with tribute upon tribute of the life and commitment of serving that Doss had because of his faith.  Its a great testimony.   Doss died in 2006, two years after the documentary was filmed.  It is a sobering conversation talking frankly about the horrors of war.  Yet in the storytelling there is an amazing admiration that one develops for a man who lived by his convictions.  The story of the rescue of some 75 wounded GI’s on Okinawa is incredible.  More incredible is the story of how the Doss lost his Bible days later and the same solider’s who at one point wanted him out of the army,  risked all to look for and eventually  find the Bible he had lost on the battlefield.  All because of the quiet witness.  Its worth the watch.  Here’s the trailer.

You can find more information about the movie here.