PFC Desmond Doss
Medal Of Honor

Since watching Mel Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge" and learning about the Medal of Honor recipient Private First Class Desmond Doss; my friend John has developed a sense of awe about PFC Doss.

Doss a Virginia native, who at the time was employed by the shipyard and would have received a deferment as a military contractor, the conscientious objector decided to enlist and serve his country in some form. During his basic training and his early career He was tormented by his peers over his strongly held religious beliefs and the army tried several times to discharge him. However, in the end he was allowed to go into combat as a medic without carrying any weapons.

My friend John during one of his EBay searches for GI Joe stuff happened across a 1/6 scale head sculpture of the actor Andrew Garfield who played Doss in the movie, "Hacksaw Ridge". John ordered the head, gear and uniforms all in the 1/6 scale to convert a GI Joe into PFC Doss. After receiving the head sculpture and the uniforms and dressing out a GI Joe, the Doss figure was not quite right. It seems the Joe was bigger and more buff than the real Desmond was. Desmond Doss was not a big man and in fact weighed in about 150 pounds. More online searching and better 1/6 scale body form was located and now with the period correct uniform and gear; PFC Desmond Doss is very proudly displayed in my friend John's home.

PFC Desmond Doss' citation reads:

"Citation: Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, United States Army, Medical Detachment, 307th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division. Near Urasoe-Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 29 April - 21 May 1945. He was a company aid man when the 1st Battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high. As our troops gained the summit, a heavy concentration of artillery, mortar and machinegun fire crashed into them, inflicting approximately 75 casualties and driving the others back. Private First Class Doss refused to seek cover and remained in the fire-swept area with the many stricken, carrying them one by one to the edge of the escarpment and there lowering them on a rope-supported litter down the face of the cliff to friendly hands. On 2 May, he exposed himself to heavy rifle and mortar fire in rescuing a wounded man 200 yards forward of the lines on the same escarpment; and two days later he treated four men who had been cut down while assaulting a strongly defended cave, advancing through a shower of grenades to within eight yards of enemy forces in a cave's mouth, where he dressed his comrades' wounds before making four separate trips under fire to evacuate them to safety. On 5 May, he unhesitatingly braved enemy shelling and small-arms fire to assist an artillery officer. He applied bandages, moved his patient to a spot that offered protection from small-arms fire and, while artillery and mortar shells fell close by, painstakingly administered plasma. Later that day, when an American was severely wounded by fire from a cave, Private First Class Doss crawled to him where he had fallen 25 feet from the enemy position, rendered aid, and carried him 100 yards to safety while continually exposed to enemy fire. On 21 May, in a night attack on high ground near Suri, he remained in exposed territory while the rest of his company took cover, fearlessly risking the chance that he would be mistaken for an infiltrating Japanese and giving aid to the injured until he was himself seriously wounded in the legs by the explosion of a grenade. Rather than call another aid man for cover, he cared for his own injuries and waited five hours before litter bearers reached him and started carrying him to cover. The trio was caught in an enemy tank attack and Private First Class Doss, seeing a more critically wounded man nearby, crawled off the litter and directed the bearers to give their first attention to the other man. Awaiting the litter bearers' return, he was again struck, this time suffering a comp-und fracture of one arm. With magnificent fortitude, he bound a rifle stock to his shattered arm as a splint and then crawled 300 yard over rough terrain to the aid station. Through his outstanding bravery and unflinching determination in the face of desperately dangerous conditions Private First Class Doss Saved the lives of many soldiers. His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far and beyond the call of duty. "

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