Desmond Doss Learning Centre

Good evening everyone, and welcome to my learning centre for Desmond Doss! This year, I decided to show my notable’s eminence through a website. Feel free to click the link below to learn more about Desmond Doss, a medic from The Second World War who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour for saving roughly 75 on Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa Japan.

Desmond Doss Learning Centre

After looking over my learning centre, you can ask any questions in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to respond!

16 thoughts on “Desmond Doss Learning Centre”

  1. This story is incredibly inspiring. I especially loved how you laid out the timeline of events in Desmond’s life and the perspective on mental health present in your interview. My question is this, is Desmond Doss anti-war?

    1. I’m not anti-war whatsoever. I specifically enlisted into the war effort and was not conscripted. I believe we should fight for our rights, and the rights of others. Great question!

  2. Hey Desmond!
    Really great website! I liked how you included information behind why you made those hard decisions and how your upbringing affected your future. It was interesting to learn about your accomplishments throughout your life. I was wondering, how did the effects of war affect you day to day life afterwards?

    1. As with most veterans, I faced quite a bit of post traumatic stress. This most commonly came through in nightmares during the night. I was fortunate enough to have been very successful after my service.

  3. Hey Desmond Doss!
    Great job! I loved learning about your eminence and your life. I especially love how you displayed your work in a website format. This was a very informative and excellent learning centre. But I will ask, do you have any regrets in your lifetime?

    1. I have very few regrets in my life. With that being said, I would have not almost taken my little brother’s life when I was young. However, it did make me further devote myself to my religion. I’m not entirely sure if there would be much I regret because I was fortunate to have lived a long and generally happy life.

  4. Good website! I enjoyed learning about your accomplishments and your legacy.
    I liked how organized and thorough your website was. my question is this, How did not carrying a weapon affect your mental health after the war was over.

    1. I think that not carrying a weapon made me far more vulnerable on the battlefield resulting in me feeling less able to affect my situation. This likely did show through in my post traumatic stress a faced after the war. This is the same as most soldiers who served.

  5. This was a great personation. Your website was easy to navigate and understand. I like the way you talked about Desmond Doss it was very informative and interesting to read. My question is after his bravery and perseverance at Hacksaw Ridge how did this affect him.

    1. I received a lot of praise for my actions on Hacksaw Ridge and, as a result, used this to bring others to the Lord. I also did face post traumatic stress after what I experienced while in the battle field. Furthermore, I did get quite injured from kicking that grenade away and it exploding into me. However, I was just doing my duty to serve my country.

  6. Love the learning center. What an awe-inspiring story you have. What do you think of the movie Hacksaw Ridge, that follows your journey? How accurate is it?

    1. I found that the movie Hacksaw Ridge was quite accurate to my true story. Although it did skip over my service in Guam and the Philippines, I was consulted about the project many times. I still would have preferred that the film had also told my story after my service and my journey raising my son. Such a fantastic question!

  7. Hello Mr. Doss. Thank you for your service to your country! It was so interesting to read about you and your non-violent contributions to your countrymen during the war. I was wondering what your thoughts might be on support for veterans in the US (or Canada) today? How do you think we can better support the people who serve their countries in this way?

    1. The overall support for veterans, such as I, has greatly improved over the past few decades. Prior to The Great War and the Second World War, there were very few support systems in place for veterans once they have completed their service. Personally, I was fortunate to have received plenty of medical coverage when I contracted tuberculosis and had to lose several ribs and one of my lungs. Furthermore, mental health services for veterans has immensely improved within the past decade or two due to further research into the effects PTSD has on returning soldiers. I really appreciate this important question.

  8. Thank you for sharing your passionate speech with us last night. Tell us more about your journey raising your son. And, how did you deal with your PTSD?

    1. I did, unfortunately, struggle quite a bit being a good role model for my son with the trauma I experienced both from my father’s abusive behavior growing up and on the battle field during The Second World War. From what I have seen of my son, he has grown up to be a fantastic man and I think I really prepared him for the world out there, even though it was not always the easiest experience. I did not struggle to best raise my son due to my experiences during the war, however, the abuse from my father had me questioning most punishments I dealt out to my son. In some way this could be seen a slightly positive mindset of avoiding overly harsh punishment. Fortunately, my son still proudly continues to share my story from that time on Hacksaw Ridge.

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