Hometown Hero's son visits Bedford for 4th of July

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) The son of WWII hero Desmond Doss made his way to the Bedford Area Welcome Center today. He came to share his dad’s story and celebrate the fourth of July with the people of Central Virginia.

Desmond Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive a medal of honor for his actions during WWII. Desmond Doss Jr. was greeted in Bedford today with not one full house, but two. What was supposed to be one speech quickly turned into two when the crowd was lined up out the door.

14-year-old Carly Hodges is a huge Desmond Doss fan. She has seen the movie, Hacksaw Ridge, based on his life multiple times.
She came with two books and a movie in hand, excited to meet the war hero’s son. Carly was not the only one who thought it would be cool to meet Desmond Doss Jr. The room was filled to capacity to hear him speak.

Doss’s father was a medic during World War two from Lynchburg. He refused to carry a weapon, but saved over 75 people’s lives in one battle. Doss traveled from Washington State to the region to share his dad’s story.

“Unconditional love. It’s that altruistic attitude. The unselfish caring for the welfare of people. All people,” said Doss Jr.

He stayed after to meet people and Hodges got her autograph.

“When I see young people coming out- they crave what we all crave and that’s just to be loved and understood. And this is a story about love and understanding,” Doss Jr. said. “And I’m glad that young people are attracted to this value.”

Doss said the documentary about his father that inspired Hacksaw Ridge will be coming out again with a new title – Hacksaw Revisited. As soon as we have more information on that we will post it to our website.