The Very Definition Of A Hero
Private First Class Desmond Doss received the Congressional Medal of Honour – The country’s highest award for military bravery in the face of thousands of fanatical enemy combatants psychotically unloading a hellacious cloud of bullets in your direction with varying degrees of accuracy – not only without ever actually firing a shot in anger, but without ever even actually carrying a weapon into combat in his entire life. Not a rifle. Not a knife. Nothing.
That made Doss the first conscientious objector in American history to receive the nation’s highest military award.
A devout Seventh Day Adventist, Doss would not carry a weapon because his religion taught that killing was wrong, yet when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in 1941, Doss attempted to enlist, finally being classified as a conscientious objector so he could serve in any capacity that did not involve firing a weapon.
It’s also not a classification that makes you a hell of a lot of friends when you’re sitting in a foxhole with a bunch of guys who are fighting and dying for the flag.