Desmond Doss

Desmond Thomas Doss (1919 - 2006)

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Desmond Thomas Doss
Born in Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married in Richmond, Virginia, United Statesmap
Husband of — married [location unknown]
Father of [private son (1940s - unknown)]
Died in Piedmont, Calhoun, Alabama, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Mar 2017
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Categories: Medal of Honor | Bronze Star Medal | Purple Heart | Army Good Conduct Medal | American Campaign Medal | Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal | World War II Victory Medal | Philippine Liberation Medal | Presidential Unit Citation (Army) | Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) | United States Army Medical Corps, World War II | Battle of Guam (1944) | Battle of Leyte | Battle of Okinawa | Wounded in Action, United States of America, World War II | World War II, Heroes | Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Tennessee | Notables | 307th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, World War II.

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Biography

Desmond Doss served in the United States Army in World War II
Service started: 1 Apr 1942
Unit(s): 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division
Service ended: 1951

Desmond Thomas Doss was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with the 2nd Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division in World War II. After distinguishing himself in the Battle of Okinawa on Hacksaw Ridge, he became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for actions above and beyond the call of duty. He is also the only conscientious objector to receive the medal during World War II. He saved the lives of 75 wounded infantrymen atop the Maeda Escarpment. Doss was wounded four times in Okinawa, and was evacuated on May 21, 1945 aboard the USS Mercy. Desmond was Honorably discharged in August 1951.

His story is brought to life by the movie "Hacksaw Ridge" directed by Mel Gibson.

He was the son of William Thomas Doss and Bertha Edward Oliver.

He married Dorothy Schutte on August 17, 1942 and had a child, Desmond "Tommy" Doss Jr. who was born in 1946.

Desmond was hospitalized for difficulty breathing and died in his home in Piedmont, Alabama.

Military

He enlisted on 1 Apr 1942. Desmond was in the battles of Guam, Leyte, and Okinawa during World War II. He was released 17 Jul 1946.

Awards

  • Combat Medical Badge
  • Medal of Honor
  • Bronze Star Medal (2, 1 "V" device)
  • Purple Heart (3)
  • Army Good Conduct Medal
  • American Campaign Medal
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3 campaigns & arrowhead device)
  • World War II Victory Medal
  • Philippine Liberation Medal (1 campaign)
  • Army Presidential Unit Citation
  • Meritorious Unit Commedation

Sources

  • Wikipedia:Desmond_Doss
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #13711681 retrieved 19 Mar 2017
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Desmond Thomas Doss.
  • U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2005. Desmond T Doss.
  • Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Desmond Thomas Doss and Dorothy Pauline Shutte. 17 Aug 1942.
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Lynchburg Ward 3, Lynchburg (Independent City), Virginia; Roll: T625_1896; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 1169
  • Virginia, Birth Records, 1912-2014, Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Desmond Thomas Doss. 7 Feb 1919 - Campbell, Virginia.
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Lynchburg, Lynchburg (Independent City), Virginia; Roll: 2468; Page: 12A; Enumeration District: 0023; Image: 1091.0; FHL microfilm: 2342202
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Lynchburg, Lynchburg City, Virginia; Roll: T627_4309; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 111-33
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Desmond T. Doss. Issue State: Virginia; Issue Date: Before 1951.
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Desmond Thomas Doss.
  • National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Desmond T Doss. CPL US Army WWII. Chattanooga National Cemetery; Buried At: Section P Site 6399-A.
  • U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. Desmond Doss. 1 Apr 1942 - 17 Jul 1946.
  • U.S., War Department, Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors. Desmond T Doss.
  • U.S., WWII Jewish Servicemen Cards, 1942-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Desmond T Doss. Box #: 289; Box Info: Diamond, Jack - Dzarlinsky; Archive Collection #: I-52.

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Images: 5
Desmond Doss - US Army
Desmond Doss - US Army

Corporal Doss receiving the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman
Corporal Doss receiving the Medal of Honor from President Harry Truman

Doss Funeral
Doss Funeral

Medal of Honor Certificate
Medal of Honor Certificate

Doss Marriage License
Doss Marriage License

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