October 12, 1945 : Conscientious objector wins Medal of Honor

Introduction

Private First Class Desmond T. Doss of Lynchburg, Virginia, is presented the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman, the first conscientious objector in American history to receive the nation’s highest military award.

When called on by his country to fight in World War II, Doss, a dedicated pacifist, registered as a conscientious objector. Eventually sent to the Pacific theater of war as a medical corpsman, Doss voluntarily put his life in the utmost peril during the bloody battle for Okinawa, saving dozens of lives well beyond the call of duty.

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October 12, 1945 : Conscientious objector wins Medal of Honor

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    2010

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    October 12, 1945 : Conscientious objector wins Medal of Honor

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    October 23, 2017

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