Veteran’s Day: Desmond Doss, The Congressional Medal of Honor

On October 12, 1945, President Harry Truman presented the Congressional Medal of Honor to Corporal Desmond Doss, the first ever awarded to a conscientious objector.

In the Battle of Okinawa, the last and biggest battle of the Pacific, Corporal Doss serving as an unarmed medic, brought 75 wounded men to safety—one by one—suffering serious wounds to himself.

In a New York Times article, his wife said Doss was “guided all through his years by a framed poster of the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s prayer that his father bought at an auction when he [Desmond] was growing up.”

Doss was especially inspired by the commandment, “Thou shalt not kill,” and became a medic to obey this commandment.

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