War Hero Without a Gun
On Okinawa, in late spring of 1945, his battalion assaulted a jagged escarpment 400 feet high – only to be met by artillery, mortar, and machine-gun fire that inflicted approximately 75 casualties. Refusing to seek cover, Doss remained with the many stricken, carrying them one by one to the edge of the cliff and lowering them down its face. Each time he prayed, “Dear GOD, let me get just one more man.”
In three more battles in May, Doss unhesitatingly braved enemy artillery mortar shells and grenades to dress his fellow soldiers’ wounds and evacuate them to safety. On May 21, he was seriously wounded when a grenade exploded. He waited five hours before litter bearers reached him. As they carried him to cover, Doss insisted they use his stretcher for a badly injured GI. Awaiting the litter bearers’ return, he was struck by a bullet that broke one arm. Doss splinted his shattered arm and then crawled 300 yards to the aid station.
Discovering he had lost his Bible, Doss asked the men to watch for it. An entire battalion combed the battlefield, found the Bible, and mailed it to Doss.
**Private First Class Doss became the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for bravery far above and beyond the call of duty.
Prayer — Lord, I want to be a witness for You above and beyond the call of duty.