Desmond Doss

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Desmond Doss
Doss about to receive the Medal of Honor
in October 1945
Birth nameDesmond Thomas Doss
Born(1919-02-07)February 7, 1919
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMarch 23, 2006(2006-03-23) (aged 87)
Piedmont, Alabama, U.S.
Buried atChattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited StatesUnited States Army
United States Medical Department
Years of service1942–1946
RankArmy-USA-OR-04a (Army greens).svg Corporal
Service number33158036
UnitCompany B, 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsMedal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor
Bronze Star ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal (2 & "V")
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart (3)
RelationsHarold Doss

Desmond Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and was a Seventh-day Adventist, which meant he was a pacifist. He did not believe in violence and chose not to use or carry weapons. He vowed not to kill.[1]

He was a combat medic in the United States Army during World War II. During the Battle of Okinawa, he saved 75 soldiers that were left behind and wounded. He tied them in a special knot and lowered them safely down the ridge. After the war, Desmond Doss was awarded with many medals. He was the first pacifist to receive the Medal of Honor. He received the purple heart.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Dictionary of Virginia Biography - Desmond Thomas Doss (7 February 1919-23 March 2006) Biography". www.lva.virginia.gov.
  2. "The Real 'Hacksaw Ridge' Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun". NPR.org.