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Hollywood Preparing To Tell Story Of Lynchburg War Hero

In this photo provided by the Desmond T. Doss Academy, Doss is awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S Truman on October 12th, 1945. A Hollywood film is now being shot, retelling the story of Lynchburg's "Conscientious Objector" who became a hero.


CAMPBELL CO., Va. (WSET) - Hollywood is getting ready to make a movie about a Lynchburg war hero.

The story of Desmond Doss is one of bravery, courage, and the ability to stand for what you believe in. Now, nearly 70 years after his heroic actions, movie producers are preparing to tell the story of Lynchburg's "Conscientious Objector".

The story of Lynchburg native Desmond T. Doss is a fascinating one. It's a story Principal Stephen Doss - unrelated - loves to tell. Says Stephen Doss, "He was just a man of faith. He lived and breathed his story his whole life." In April 1942, Desmond Doss was drafted into the Army. There was one problem, however. Doss refused to pick up a weapon. It left the Army with no other choice but to label him a "Conscientious Objector". In interviews conducted prior to his death in 2006, Desmond Doss explained his commitment to his religious beliefs left him with no other choice. Said Desmond Doss in 2006, "I want to be like Christ. I want to save life instead of taking life, and that's the reason I take up medicine." As a medic, Private Doss carried no weapon, yet still walked into battle to help his wounded and fallen brethren. In 1945, he helped rescue 75 men, surrounded by soldiers. That heroism would earn him the Medal of Honor, the first ever given to an objector. Humble to the end, Doss would downplay his role, even telling people there weren't as many people in the field as they tried to give him credit for.

Years later, Doss would make several visits to the school that now bears his name in Lynchburg, talking about the war, and inspiring the next generation. According to Variety magazine, a big budget Hollywood film about the life of Doss is close to being in the works, with Mel Gibson directing. Stephen Doss says the kind of life Desmond lived is the kind that can inspire the world. "He practiced what he preached. In every way. I envy that kind of faith. I strive to get to that type of faith."

Variety reports that Andrew Garfield, from "The Social Network" and the Spiderman movies, is in line to play the role of Desmond Doss. Principal Doss says he's had discussions with those affiliated with the movie, and knows the script will do justice to the legacy that Doss left behind.

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