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'Hacksaw Ridge' Will Be Screened During AUSA 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

A pre-release screening of a film about a World War II Medal of Honor recipient is scheduled for the second night of the Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Association of the U.S. Army.

Presented by AUSA and the media and lifestyle company We Are the Mighty, Hacksaw Ridge is a biographical film about Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, a conscientious objector who refused to carry a weapon during World War II, but who received the Medal of Honor for saving the lives of fellow soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa.

Hacksaw Ridge will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Landmark E Street Cinema in Washington, D.C., about eight blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where the AUSA meeting is being held. The two-hour, 11-minute movie will be shown at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets to the free screening will be available at the AUSA Pavilion, Booth 307 in Hall A, on Monday and Tuesday of the annual meeting.

The R-rated movie, directed by Mel Gibson, is scheduled for release in the U.S. on Nov. 4. It is being shown in conjunction with AUSA’s meeting by Lionsgate, the U.S. distributor. The movie’s world premiere was Sept. 4 at the Venice Film Festival.

Andrew Garfield, who played Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, stars in the movie as Doss, who became the first of three conscientious objectors to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Other cast members include Sam Worthington (Avatar), Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn.

Doss, who died in 2006 at the age of 87, was a medic in 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. He is credited with saving about 75 men when the unit came under assault, carrying them one by one to the edge of a cliff and lowering them by litter in an evacuation that took about five hours. On subsequent days, he exposed himself to enemy fire to save others.

Doss was drafted into the Army in 1942, and was given conscientious objector status for religious reasons when he refused to carry a weapon. He was wounded three times during the war, and was discharged in 1946 after being diagnosed with tuberculosis. He spent five years being treated for service-connected injuries.