Bonnie and I went to see the movie Hacksaw Ridge. It was a good movie, but with better historical and military input could have been a great movie. I kept wanting to yell, "Don't bunch up." It had a lot of gory violence, so don't take someone with a squeamish stomach with you. Surprisingly, Bonnie liked it and wasn't bothered.
It was based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a conscience objector who saved 75 men on Hacksaw Ridge on
However, he had been in combat before that and saved other men, which the movie
doesn't depict. In addition to his Medal of Honor, he earned three bronze stars
and three purple hearts. They were awarded for his actions over a period of
weeks, not just Hacksaw Ridge. He refused other book and movie officers as they
were not willing to try to be accurate.
The real howler for Marines is that or the sake of
Hollywood, they make out his father, his father's dead
buddies and the Colonel at Doss's court martial as Army veterans of Belleau Wood.
Doss Senior is wearing the Silver Star, established in 1932 to replace the
Citation Star. I found no evidence that they had been changed to the Silver
Star for earlier recipients. Of all the WWI battles they could have picked,
they chose the Marine fight at Belleau Wood.
Worth seeing but not a must see. ~Bob
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