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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

'Hacksaw Ridge'

"Please Lord.  Help me get one more.  Help me get one more." - Private Desmond Doss

If you see one more movie this year, I beg you to have it be 'Hacksaw Ridge'...A TRUE STORY about Private Doss - from WWII.

I was trained by the U.S. Air Force as a Medical Service Specialist - more commonly known as a combat medic.  During peacetime there is no easier job in the military than working in a hospital as a medic; it's literally a joke among most servicemen.  During wartime, few troops are more revered by their peers than medics...They are the ones who get the wounded back to base; they are the ones with the emetics, antidiarrheals and ibuprofen; they are the ones with the tourniquets; they are the ones with the morphine.

I remember wanting to be sent to the Middle East during the First Gulf War -  It's what I was trained for, and I was a very good medic.  Instead I was bored out of my mind at Travis Air Force Base (a regional medical facility)...Looking back, I was young and foolish.  I was lucky not to have to deal with the horrors of combat - during or after the battle.

'Hacksaw Ridge' was intensely personal for me.  It left me wondering how I would have performed under similar circumstances...I can tell you for sure, there is no way I could have done what Doss did.  Not because I would have been weak or a coward, but because what Doss did was super-human.

Again, I beg you to go watch this movie.  I promise it will be worth your time.  I promise you will leave in utter shock at the feat this man performed:  75 lives in 1 hellish night!   A TRUE AMERICAN HERO!!!!


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