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Friends gather to honor the life of WWII hero Desmond Doss

Veterans and friends gather to honor the live and service of WWII hero Desmond Doss.

The movie Hacksaw Ridge told the world the story of WWII hero and Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss.

He was the first contentious objector to receive the Medal of Honor, and he lived most of his life after the war in Rising Fawn, Georgia.

Eleven years ago this week Desmond Doss passed away. He was buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Thursday there was a service there to celebrate his life and honor his sacrifice to our country..

"My job today is to say something nice about Desmond Doss," Retired U.S. National Guard General, Carl Levi said. "I don't know of anybody who couldn't say something nice about Desmond."

Veterans and city leaders gathered to hear people who knew Mr. Doss well tell stories about the WWII hero.

He received the Medal of Honor for pulling seventy-five men to safety in Okinawa, Japan. His friends say he was a humble man and a devout Seventh Day Adventist.

"I feel like my life is a lot better having been a friend," Mr. Levi said. "I knew him in the American Legion. That's how we got to know each other, and I met him in the early 50's."

Silas Maldonado's family brought to Chattanooga from Brevard North Carolina for the service today. The family drove four and a half hours to honor Mr. Doss.

"I wrote a paper about Desmond Doss, and I learned a lot about him," Silas said. "He was a pretty amazing guy. He did a lot of dangerous and incredible things."

"I think that's great," Retired Army General Bill Raines said. "(Mr. Doss) not only influenced the past, but he's influencing the future so it was a great event."

To learn more about Desmond Doss we have several stories on our Price of Freedom page.

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