‘Hackshaw Ridge’ producer first met movie’s subject at summer camp

Filmmaker Terry L. Benedict first met the late Desmond T. Doss, the subject of the new film Hackshaw Ridge, when he was a kid at summer camp in the early ’70s.

Benedict recalled in a recent interview that the timing of their meeting was fortuitous because he had a couple years earlier come across the book The Unlikeliest Hero that told the heroic story of Doss, who became the first consciencous objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his heroics on the battle field in World War II.

“He was unlike any other hero that I had ever heard about,” Benedict said in the interview with Nooga.com. “A couple of years later, I met him at a church summer camp with a bunch of kids. That was the icing on the cake—to meet your boyhood hero a couple of years within reading about him. He was so nice to me.”

Benedict first told Doss’ story on film in the 2004 documentary The Conscientious Objector. Mel Gibson directed the dramatized version of the story, which stars Andrew Garfield as Doss.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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