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    'No Gun' Medal of Honor Recipient Buried


    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.

    Desmond T. Doss Sr., 87, died March 23 in Piedmont, Ala., where he and his wife, Frances, had been living with family.


    A horse-drawn hearse delivered the flag-covered casket to the grave site Monday in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Military helicopters flew overhead in a tribute formation.


    Doss had endured ridicule for his beliefs but "remained true to his convictions even when it was not the most popular thing to do," said Patti Parks, a retired Navy commander and director of the Medal of Honor Museum in Chattanooga.


    Doss, who refused to carry a weapon during his wartime service in the Pacific, was the subject of a book, "The Unlikeliest Hero," and a 2004 documentary, "The Conscientious Objector."


    Medal of Honor Society records show he was among 3,461 recipients of the nation's highest military honor.


    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.


    "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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    God Bless him. He was a true American Hero!

    May he rest in peace!
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    That is both WOW and INCREDIBLE! Truly an awesome story, and a well deserved citation too.

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    This is a copy of the Medal of Honor citation for Mr. Doss.

    DOSS, DESMOND T.

    Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Urasoe Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 29 April-21 May 1945. Entered service at: Lynchburg, Va. Birth: Lynchburg, Va. G.O. No.: 97, 1 November 1945. Citation: He was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machinegun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Pfc. Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying them 1 by 1 to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands. On 2 May, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and 2 days later he treated 4 men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within 8 yards of enemy forces in a cave's mouth, where he dressed his comrades' wounds before making 4 separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety. On 5 May, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small arms fire to assist an artillery officer. He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma. Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Pfc. Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire. On 21 May, in a night attack on high ground near Shuri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man from cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited 5 hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Pfc. Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter; and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, this time suffering a compound fracture of 1 arm. With magnificent fortitude he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yards over rough terrain to the aid station. Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Pfc. Doss saved the lives of many soldiers. His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty.
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    A true man of character and a real hero. It really stinks that the media portrays muscle bound steroid freaks and air headed Hollywood types as "heros" while paying little to no attention to the true heros we have among us.

    Rest in peace PVF Desmond Doss. We are all in awe of your actions during WWII.
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    Regardless of your position, or viewpoint on the issue of war, you have to stand and salute a fellow like this. A true Hero to any man or woman.

    Rest in Peace.
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    The article does not say it, but Mr. Doss was a Seventh-Day Adventist (as am I) and actually fought the Army to STAY IN!

    He had several people try to kick him out because of his objector status but he fought them all along only saying that he wanted to serve and defend his country, but did not want to kill. He WANTED to be a Medic in the Army and serve. I have to just shake my head at that propspect. Especially back in the 1940s.

    He had people threaten him, call him a coward, threaten to shoot him when the combat started, or to leave him on the battlefield. That all went away on his first invasion when he did what Medics and Corpsmen do - they fully expose themselves to unwavering fire while the grunts are in fighting holes returning fire from places of cover and protection.

    Medics and Corpsmen have a disproportionately high rate of death compared to the grunts that they are serving. They also have a tremendously high number of Medals of Honor, Navy Crosses, Gold, Bronze, and Silver stars.

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    Outstanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcaldwell
    Regardless of your position, or viewpoint on the issue of war, you have to stand and salute a fellow like this. A true Hero to any man or woman.

    Rest in Peace.
    Of course you do. He had strong beliefs and an even stronger character to stand up for them. But he also served his country valiantly.

    Those are all admirable qualities.

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    Regardless of your position, or viewpoint on the issue of war, you have to stand and salute a fellow like this.

    I agree with this statement. This should also stand to show how “ball-less” the cowards are who run to Canada truly are, and how they should never be pardoned, or allowed to ever return to this country. This man is truly what loving this country is about. As I have said before, if you truly cannot fight because of your beliefs, there are ways to still serve without fighting, be it in the Peace Corps, or as this medic did. It is also possible to be a conscientious objector without spitting in the face of those who have given you the right to say anything you want.

    A true Hero to any man or woman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI
    Of course you do. He had strong beliefs and an even stronger character to stand up for them. But he also served his country valiantly.

    Those are all admirable qualities.
    To even be 1/2 as good ...............

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    I don't see that it should matter what an MOH winner was carrying when he earned the award.
    Corpsmen and medics have a harder job:theirs is keeping the grunts alive in situations where it ain't all that easy.
    My hat is off to all of them whether they served with a combat unit or as an IDC and"only"dealt with drunks falling down a ladder coming back from liberty.

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