Desmond Doss -- Unparalleled Heroism, Unsurpassed Caring
Doss was a devout Seventh Day Adventist and as such was an uncompromising pacifist. Yet unlike most other CO's, he was willing to join the army during WWII as a medic. An account of the events that caused him to be awarded the nation's highest military honor is described in the Times article and further details are provided here.
Doss' actions were harrowing and unparalleled. I pray that his selflessness and courage will never be forgotten by the public in general and particularly by all men and women given the priviledge and honor to practice the healing profession.
I am neither an Adventist nor a pacifist nor do I have the leonine determination, courage and love of my fellow man that he evidenced in his experiences in the battlefields of Okinawa.
In reading his obituary, I can't recall feeling more humbled.