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Conscientious objector wins Medal of Honor

Posted by Kenneth Peck on

On this day October 12th, 1945 Private First Class Desmond T. Doss of Lynchburg, Virginia, is presented the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman, the first conscientious objector in American history to receive the nation’s highest military award.When called on by his country to fight in World War II, Doss, a dedicated pacifist, registered as a conscientious objector. Eventually sent to the Pacific theater of war as a medical corpsman, Doss voluntarily put his life in the utmost peril during the bloody battle for Okinawa, saving dozens of lives well beyond the call of duty....

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President Johnson honors American soldier

Posted by Kenneth Peck on

On this day September 28th, 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was coming under increasing criticism for sending American men to fight and die in Vietnam, bestows the Congressional Medal of Honor on Sgt. David Dolby, a member of the Army’s 1st Cavalry. On May 21, 1966, the 21-year-old Dolby acted to save many of his fellow soldiers’ lives during an intense firefight against North Vietnamese troops. He had previously been awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. While praising Dolby and American troops, Johnson expressed “sorrow” that war was still necessary in the 20th century. He also took...

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