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Concientious Objector And American Hero

Chaotic Synaptic Activity has a great post about medic and Medal of Honor awardee, Desmond Doss - Conviction, Courage and Devotion Sixty Years Ago:

...Desmond T. Doss is (he is still living) a 7th Day Adventist. This Christian denomination does not believe in the taking of life. Desmond Doss could have easily avoided service in WWII. Because of his upbrining and personal faithfulness, a request for CO status would have, most likely, been granted without question. Yet, Desmond T. Doss joined the Army, not to kill, but to save lives...

Thanks to Greyhawk of the Mudville Gazette for sending the link.