World War II Archives - Pointes of View


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The pilot and co-pilot of the American B-17 bomber were looking at a gray German Messerschmitt fighter hovering just three feet off their wingtip. It was five days before Christmas 1943, and the fighter had closed in on their crippled bomber for the kill. Acts Of Mercy The B-17 pilot, Charles Brown, was a 21-year-old West Virginia farm boy on his first combat mission. His bomber had been shot to pieces by swarming Nazi fighters, and was alone in the skies above Germany. Half his crew was wounded. The tail gunner was dead, his blood frozen in crimson colored icicles over the machine guns. But when Brown and his co-pilot, Spencer Luke, looked at the fighter pilot again, something odd…

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The story behind the movie Hacksaw Ridge, recent winner of two Oscars, involves a young U.S. Army medic during World War II, Desmond T. Doss, whose religious conscience forbid him from killing another human being. More Than A Movie Ironically, director Mel Gibson’s movie projects are not shy about accentuating violence but this one is more than that. It is a story of deep religious conviction of a hero who risked his life to save life. Doss served with the Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. It was Doss’s bravery in saving the lives of his fellow soldiers that became legendary. Believe It Or Not If you did not know better, reading the Army’s citation of the events –…

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