City council to honor Desmond Doss

President Harry Truman presenting Desmond T. Doss with the Medal of Honor (The Library of Virginia)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - A World War II hero is going to be honored Tuesday by the Lynchburg City Council.

Desmond T. Doss was a Lynchburg native. He served as an army medic during the war. He was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for saving wounded soldiers in Okinawa, Japan.

"Hacksaw Ridge," a movie about Doss, opens November 4 and is based on Doss's refusal to bear arms because of his religious beliefs.

Lynchburg City Council is recognizing his service at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say students from Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy will lead the council in the Pledge of Allegiance. They say Vice Mayor Treney Tweedy will make a presentation to the school.

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