Desmond T. Doss


(Original Caption) President Truman awarding Congressional Medal of Honor to Corporal Desmond Doss of Lynchburg, Va., a conscientious objector who served in Medical Corps.

Doss was the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, though he's not the only one. Two other men, Thomas W. Bennett and Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. also showed tremendous valor and received the same award, though posthumously.

President Truman awarding Congressional Medal of Honor to Corporal Desmond Doss (Bettman/Getty Images)

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