- A REAL HERO OF WORLD WAR 11 -
Desmond Thomas Doss was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions in Guam and the Philippines.
World War II was the deadliest and most devastating war in human history, one in which the vast majority of countries were involved and one that resulted in an estimated 75-80 million fatalities. We mustn't forget just how horrifying this war was, how it included mass genocide, especially the Holocaust, and the use of nuclear weapons, how the utter depletion of the world economy caused starvation and utter destruction throughout the world. One special person who refused to contribute to the violence he had seen both on the battlefield and in society at large was Desmond Doss.
American combat medic, Doss voluntarily enlisted to participate in World War
II, but he refused to participate in any combat, being a conscientious objector
for religious reasons. Despite peer pressure and abuse from military leaders,
he refused to carry weapons but was heroically enthusiastic in saving wounded
soldiers from the battlefield. Desmond Doss's actions during the Battle of
Okinawa made him a legend, as the man managed to carry 75 wounded infantrymen
to relative safety despite being wounded four times himself.
selfless actions of Desmond Doss were immortalized in the film documentary 'The
Conscientious Objector' and the 2016 movie 'Hacksaw Ridge'. For his
accomplishment, Doss was also awarded The Medal of Honor in 1945 by President
Harry S. Truman.
Clancy's comment: I bet there were many more heroes as well. Many of whom died in action.