Several members of the Doss Council, including Dr. Charles Knapp, Chairman Emeritus, are available for interviews and speaking engagements.
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Dr. Knapp is an engaging speaker and master storyteller who can hold the attention of any audience. He has been associated with the Council for nearly two decades, and served as its Chariman util 2018. He was personally acquainted with Desmond Doss and speaks from first hand knowledge of this legendary combat medic who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valor. He is the credited special consultant on the film, Hacksaw Ridge. In addition, he speaks from a vast experience of his 30-year career in the military.
While the movie, Hacksaw Ridge, was being filmed in Australia, Dr. Knapp was able to visit the movie set as representative of the Doss Council. He had numerous conversations with Mel Gibson, director; Bill Mechanic, producer Mel Gibson, director, and many of the key members of the cast including Andrew Garfield who portrayed Desmond Doss. He has some fascinating behind-the-scenes stories about his interaction with those involved in the production of the movie.
To perpetuate the legacy of Desmond Doss and promote his values through education, Dr Knapp has founded the international Desmond Doss Foundation.
Download Dr Knapp's Bio here.
Dr. Knapp is available for speaking engagements nationwide as well as around the world. There is no fee associated with this speaker. However certain travel, accommodations and/or other expenses will need to be considered. For more information on booking Dr. Charles Knapp, please contact:
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Desmond Doss, Jr. is the only child of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Desmond T. Doss and Dorothy (Schutte) Doss. He grew up hearing his dad's stories and could recite them verbatim. Through his dad's well-known achievements, Desmond Jr. had the privilege of meeting presidents, senators, congressmen, generals and many other Medal of Honor recipients. His father's notorious invitations took him to interesting places and unique events he would have never had the opportunity to experience. Growing up with a war hero in the house might sound exciting or glamorous, but in many respects Desmond Jr. says it was all very ordinary. "To me, he was just my Dad."
Since Desmond Doss Sr. isn't here to speak for himself, Desmond Jr. is happy to represent and honor his dad's legacy the best he can. He hopes people pick up on his father's ability to love, accept and forgive others, even when he was despised. His values and ability to love was intrinsic in him and the power of that is incredible.
Desmond Jr.'s career is varied and, like his father, he joined the US Army as a conscientious objector and trained as a medic, but didn't see combat duty. Desmond Jr. primarily served as a firefighter with an expertise as an engineer in Washington, D.C. and Denver and continues to actively serve as a volunteer firefighter in Ilwaco and Pacific County, Washington. He is also a commercial pilot, sailor, ham radio operator, crewman for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Certified International Tour Manager and a volunteer for the local Visitors Bureaus.
Desmond Doss, Jr. is available for speaking engagements nationwide as well as around the world. There is no fee associated with this speaker. However certain travel, accommodations, transportation, per diem, and/or other expenses will need to be considered. For more information on booking Desmond Doss Jr., please contact: