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Desmond Doss

recipient of the Purple Heart medal, recipient of the Medal of Honor
Doss about to receive the Medal of Honor in October 1945

Desmond Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and was a Seventh Day Adventist, which meant he was a pacifist. He did not believe in violence and chose not to bear arms. He vowed not to kill.[1]

During the Battle of Okinawa, he saved 75 soldiers that were left behind and wounded. He tied them in a special knot and lowered them safely down the ridge. After the war, Desmond Doss was awarded with many medals. He received the Medal of Honor. He received the purple heart.[2]


  1. "Dictionary of Virginia Biography - Desmond Thomas Doss (7 February 1919-23 March 2006) Biography".
  2. "The Real 'Hacksaw Ridge' Soldier Saved 75 Souls Without Ever Carrying A Gun".