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Desmond Thomas Doss

 

TAPS

Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Chattanooga National Cemetery

Born:  February 7, 1919 at Lynchburg, VA

Entered Service in the US Army from Lynchburg, VA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism April 29 - May 21, 1945 at Urasoe Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands

Died:  March 23, 2006 at the age of 87

A medical aidman, Private First Class Doss saved the lives of at least 75 wounded men trapped at the top of the Maeda Escarpment on Okinawa when a furious enemy attack forced all uninjured American soldiers to retreat to the base of the high cliff. Under constant attack, often from only a few yards distant, Doss stood fully exposed to slowly lower at least 75 wounded down the cliff with a rope. In the days that followed he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to reach and treat wounded soldiers. On the night of May 21 he was wounded while rendering aid to other soldiers but, rather than risk the life of another aidman, remained in position and treated his own wounds. The following morning while being carried to an aid station, upon passing another more severely wounded man, PFC Doss instructed the stretcher-bearers to put him down and rescue the other wounded man instead. He then walked, still under constant enemy fire and together with another wounded soldier, reached the aid station from which he was evacuated to a hospital ship for his multiple wounds.

 

 

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