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.
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.
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)
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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