* New River Chapter 1st Vice President, Dr. Charles Knapp of Helton, NC was in Beverly Hills, CA for the 2013 Academy Awards Gala recently.
* A retired U.S. Army colonel, Charles is consulting producer for the motion picture “Hacksaw Ridge,” which tells the true story of World War II Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be honored with America’s highest military award for valor above and beyond the call of duty in the face of enemy fire.
* COL Knapp is also chairman of the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association in Calhoun, GA, which holds the life story, intellectual property, book and film rights and memorabilia in trust for the late Desmond Doss, who died in 2006.
* Dr. Knapp has previously been involved in productions related to Desmond Doss, notably the 2004 documentary “The Conscientious Objector.”
* "Hacksaw Ridge" is currently in in preproduction by Walden Media. and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, former CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
COL Knapp shared, "What a treat it was to be the guest of agent, Gabe Videla, D"Artagnan Entertainment and the producers of the movie, "Hacksaw Ridge." Mary, Charles wife, said she saw me on ABC's coverage and "would recognize my bald head anywhere . . . "
Charles added, "Hacksaw Ridge was the name GIs gave to the battle for Okinawa's Maeda Escarpment in WWII and the incredible and heroic actions of aid-man PFC Desmond Doss, for which he was decorated with the Medal of Honor. It is a story of the intersection of faith and patriotism."
Now in the eleventh year towards getting Doss' story told, COL Knapp works with a few other patient but zealous compatriots on the Desmond Doss Council of the Georgia Cumberland Association.