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Desmond Doss

1919 - 2006

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Desmond Thomas Doss (February 7, 1919 – March 23, 2006) was a United States Army corporal who served as a combat medic with an infantry company in World War II. He was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for actions on Guam and in the Philippines. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Desmond Doss has received more than 14,904,430 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Desmond Doss is the 92nd most popular military personnel (down from 91st in 2019), the 245th most popular biography from United States (up from 265th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Military Personnel.

Desmond Doss is most famous for being the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor.

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Among military personnels, Desmond Doss ranks 92 out of 1,468Before him are Jan Žižka, Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Subutai, Robert E. Lee, Albert Kesselring, and John of Austria. After him are Konstantin Rokossovsky, Hephaestion, Hermann Hoth, Heinrich Müller, Vasily Chuikov, and Võ Nguyên Giáp.

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Among people born in 1919, Desmond Doss ranks 7Before him are Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, Edmund Hillary, and Doris Lessing. After him are Primo Levi, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, Lino Ventura, and Georgios Papadopoulos. Among people deceased in 2006, Desmond Doss ranks 11Before him are Milton Friedman, Gerald Ford, Naguib Mahfouz, Stanisław Lem, Saparmurat Niyazov, and James Brown. After him are Heinrich Harrer, Alfredo Stroessner, Philippe Noiret, Oriana Fallaci, Syd Barrett, and György Ligeti.

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Among people born in United States, Desmond Doss ranks 245 out of 18,182Before him are Brigham Young (1801), Ted Kaczynski (1942), John Ford (1894), Ronnie James Dio (1942), Burt Lancaster (1913), and Tony Curtis (1925). After him are Robert Duvall (1931), Steve Wozniak (1950), Lee Van Cleef (1925), William Howard Taft (1857), Joe Dassin (1938), and Calvin Coolidge (1872).


Among military personnels born in United States, Desmond Doss ranks 3Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880) and Robert E. Lee (1807). After him are Robert Peary (1856), George S. Patton (1885), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Albert Pike (1809).