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R.I.P. Desmond Doss, MOH winner and conscientious objector

Obituaries Desmond Doss MOH winner 2006

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#1 MuseZack


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Posted 04 April 2006 - 10:26 PM


The only conscientious objector to receive a Medal of Honor in World War II has been buried at a national cemetery with a 21-gun salute, although he refused to carry a weapon while serving as an Army medic.

...While under enemy fire on the island of Okinawa, Doss carried 75 wounded soldiers to the edge of a 400-foot cliff and lowered them to safety, according to his citation.

During a later attack, he was seriously wounded in the legs by a grenade. According to the citation, as he was being carried to safety, he saw a more critically injured man and crawled off his stretcher, directing the medics to help the other wounded man.

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 08:20 AM

Can't Touch This!!

#3 Rhea


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Posted 05 April 2006 - 02:44 PM

He was an amazing guy.


He wanted to serve. He just didn't want to kill anybody," said a veteran who attended the service, Fred Headrick, 85. "Most all of them (Medal of Honor recipients) received their medal for killing someone. He received his by saving lives."

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#4 Shalamar


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Posted 06 April 2006 - 12:07 AM

The rarest courage of all.

He is an inspiration that will be missed.

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#5 D'Monix

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 01:14 AM

From www.medalofhonor.com


In July of 1944 on the island of Guam Doss began to prove his courage and compassion for the very men who had taunted, belittled, and even threatened him.  Next came combat at Leyte in the Philippines during October of 1944. Here Doss braved enemy gunfire to go to the wounded and remove them to safety.  Doss proved his courage over and over. Without regard for his own life he would help the wounded to safety.   Some of his company looked on in horror as they saw a Japanese sniper take aim at Doss as he helped a wounded soldier.  They could do nothing to stop the sniper because other soldiers were in their line of fire.  Miraculously, the sniper did not fire. (*Years later a missionary in Japan told this story.  After the service, a Japanese man told the missionary the sniper could have been him.  He remembered having a soldier in his sights, but he couldnt pull the trigger.)

There was a lot of heroism performed by combat medics over the decades, many of which also choose to go unarmed, although they are permitted a sidearm, carbine, or submachine gun for defensive purposes (if they use any of these for offensive purposes, they then sacrificed their protection under the geneva convention.)

rest in peace, sir, your duty has been fulfilled.

#6 Ogami

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Posted 07 April 2006 - 03:16 PM

I've read many stories from Vietnam of conscientious objectors who served admirably as unarmed combat medics. Sadly in that war, the enemy had little respect for medics. Kudos to all who stood by the courage of their convictions and gave aid under the most trying of circumstances.

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