12 Oct '17, 12pm

#OTD in 1945, President Truman awarded Cpl. Desmond Doss, a medic, the Medal of Honor.

With the 2017 Academy Awards still fresh in our memories, I thought it was fitting to highlight World War II Army Pfc. Desmond Doss, whose life and heroics were featured in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge." Spoiler Alert: You might not want to read further if you don't know his story and still want to see the movie. For those who have, there are a few more details here that weren't shared in the movie.' Doss grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was a Seventh Day Adventist, which meant he was a pacifist -- he didn't believe in violence and chose not to bear arms. His beliefs and his job as a defense industry worker provided him draft exemption during the war, but he dismissed that chance to defer. Doss wanted to serve his country, so he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps as a noncombatant. But because of his conscientious objector status -- including his refusal to han...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/183328/pfc_desmond_doss_the_...

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