Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Desmond Doss, WWII Conscientous Objector

Desmond Doss was a company aid man in WWII when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high. As the 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.  Desmond was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts.

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