Mel Gibson

Old Hollywood's Lew Ayres served his country as a conscientious objector

Old Hollywood's Lew Ayres served his country as a conscientious objector

Mel Gibson’s acclaimed World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge” tells the fact-based story of Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to win the Medal of Honor after saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa without using a gun. For religious reasons, the movie shows us, Doss refused to even touch a gun yet still wanted to serve his country: “While everybody else is taking life, I’m going to be saving it,” actor Andrew Garfield says as Doss. “That’s my way to serve.”

Over the last century, there have been numerous famous pacifists, including Muhammad Ali, who was arrested as a draft dodger during the Vietnam War, had his...

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