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Desmond T. Doss (1919-2006) was the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. Because of his religious beliefs, he refused to carry weapons and was thus assigned to the army's Medical Corp as a corpsman. His repeated acts of valor during the Battle of Okinawa,where he ignored intense enemy fire to keep treating and rescuing wounded comrades, led to his serious wounding on May 21, 1945. Today, he rests at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector ever to receive the Medal of Honor. He lowered 75 wounded soldiers one at a time down this cliff in one day during WWII. Despite his refusal to carry a gun, his men respected him immensely.
During World War II, Private First Class Desmond Doss was a conscientious objector who refused to carry or touch a weapon. He served as a medic and was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1945 for his heroic action assisting injured soldiers near Urasoe-Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Photograph of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, 05/15/1945
President Harry Truman awarding the Medal of Honor on conscientious objector Desmond Doss. Drafted in April 1942, Desmond Doss refused to kill or carry a weapon into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. He thus became a medic and, by serving in the Pacific theatre of World War II, helped his country by saving the lives of his comrades while also adhering to his religious convictions.
MAY 21 1945 Okinawa – Medal of Honor for Conscientious Objector - See more at: http://ww2today.com/GIs from the 77th Infantry Division man a machine gun nest on the island of Shima, May 3, 1945. The M1919 machine gun was the standard issue for the US Army.
MAY 21 1945 Okinawa – Medal of Honor for Conscientious Objector - See more at: http://ww2today.com/ Marines move through and over “CEMETERY RIDGE.” They are shown pinned down behind gravestones by enemy sniper fire.
Peaceful Warrior: Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Doss heroically served America in WWII as an army medic, treating and rescuing dozens of men under heavy fire on Okinawa without ever carrying a weapon or firing a shot. Desmond Doss: a true Christian, a true pacifist, and a true patriot.