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  • Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
    Friday Feb 07, 1919

    Born

    Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
    Friday Feb 07, 1919

    Desmond Doss was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, to William Thomas Doss (1893–1989), a carpenter, and Bertha Edward Doss (née Oliver) (1899–1983), a homemaker and shoe factory worker.




  • U.S.
    Monday Aug 17, 1942

    1st Marriage

    U.S.
    Monday Aug 17, 1942

    Doss married Dorothy Pauline Schutte on August 17, 1942.




  • Philippines
    1944

    Desmond was awarded Two Bronze Star Medals With a "V" Device

    Philippines
    1944

    While serving with his platoon in 1944 on Guam and the Philippines, he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals with a "V" device, for exceptional valor in aiding wounded soldiers under fire.




  • Virginia, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Doss was evacuated

    Virginia, U.S.
    Monday May 21, 1945

    Doss was wounded four times in Okinawa, and was evacuated on May 21, 1945, aboard the USS Mercy.




  • Leyte, Philippines
    1946

    Doss Had Contracted Tuberculosis

    Leyte, Philippines
    1946

    In 1946, Doss was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which he had contracted on Leyte.




  • U.S.
    Aug, 1951

    Doss Underwent Treatment

    U.S.
    Aug, 1951

    Doss underwent treatment for five and a half years – which cost him a lung and five ribs – before being discharged from the hospital in August 1951 with 90% disability.




  • U.S.
    1976

    Getting an Overdose of Antibiotics

    U.S.
    1976

    Doss continued to receive treatment from the military, but after an overdose of antibiotics rendered him completely deaf in 1976,he was given 100% disability.


  • Georgia, U.S.
    1988

    Receiving a Cochlear Implant

    Georgia, U.S.
    1988

    He was able to regain his hearing after receiving a cochlear implant in 1988. Despite the severity of his injuries, Doss managed to raise a family on a small farm in Rising Fawn, Georgia.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Nov 17, 1991

    The Death of his 1st Wife

    U.S.
    Sunday Nov 17, 1991

    Dorothy died on November 17, 1991, from a car accident.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Jul 01, 1993

    2nd Marriage

    U.S.
    Thursday Jul 01, 1993

    Doss remarried on July 1, 1993, to Frances May Duman.


  • Piedmont, Alabama, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 23, 2006

    Death

    Piedmont, Alabama, U.S.
    Thursday Mar 23, 2006

    After being hospitalized for difficulty breathing, Doss died on March 23, 2006, at his home in Piedmont, Alabama.


  • Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
    Monday Apr 03, 2006

    Burring

    Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
    Monday Apr 03, 2006

    He was buried on April 3, 2006, in the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Frances (his 2nd wife) died three years later on February 3, 2009, at the Piedmont Health Care Center in Piedmont, Alabama.


  • U.S.
    Friday Nov 04, 2016

    the Movie

    U.S.
    Friday Nov 04, 2016

    The feature film Hacksaw Ridge, based on his life, was produced by Terry Benedict and directed by Mel Gibson. The film was released nationwide in the U.S. on November 4, 2016, to positive reviews. Doss is portrayed by Andrew Garfield, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance, and won Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actor in an Action Movie, and Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture.


  • Fort Lee (Then Camp Lee), Virginia, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 23, 2019

    Doss Entered Military Service

    Fort Lee (Then Camp Lee), Virginia, U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 23, 2019

    Before the outbreak of World War II, Doss was employed as a joiner at a shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Doss entered military service, despite being offered a deferment for his shipyard work, on April 1, 1942, at Camp Lee, Virginia.


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