Religion: CO Hero

The bravest man-of-the-week on Okinawa—at least to the 77th Infantry Division—was a conscientious objector: Private First Class Desmond T. Doss, 26, Medical Corpsman and Seventh-day Adventist.

Private Doss had planned to spend his Saturday (the Adventist Sabbath) as usual —in prayer and meditation. His commanding officer came to his tent and asked if he would forego the privilege that day; Doss happened to be the only corpsman available to a company scheduled to attack an escarpment. Doss said: "Captain, it is fine with me, but you'll have to wait a few minutes while I...

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