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 in Guam and the Philippines. Doss further distinguished himself in the Battle of Okinawa by saving 75 men, becoming the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Desmond Doss has received more than 13,732,352 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Desmond Doss is the 91st most popular military personnel (up from 138th in 2019), the 265th most popular biography from United States (up from 357th 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 91 out of 1,466Before him are Eugène de Beauharnais, Jan Žižka, Zhao Yun, Albert Kesselring, Konstantin Rokossovsky, and Walther von Brauchitsch. After him are Hephaestion, Tadeusz Kościuszko, John of Austria, Stilicho, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, and Hermann Hoth.

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Among people born in 1919, Desmond Doss ranks 8Before him are Eva Perón, J. D. Salinger, Edmund Hillary, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Doris Lessing, and Primo Levi. After him are Nat King Cole, Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Margot Fonteyn, Georgios Papadopoulos, and Kim Jong-suk. Among people deceased in 2006, Desmond Doss ranks 12Before him are Milton Friedman, Naguib Mahfouz, James Brown, Stanisław Lem, Saparmurat Niyazov, and Heinrich Harrer. After him are Philippe Noiret, Oriana Fallaci, Alfredo Stroessner, Syd Barrett, György Ligeti, and Joseph Barbera.

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Among people born in United States, Desmond Doss ranks 265 out of 15,968Before him are Jerry Brown (1938), Colonel Sanders (1890), Jack Kerouac (1922), J. Edgar Hoover (1895), Charles Francis Richter (1900), and O. J. Simpson (1947). After him are Shirley Temple (1928), Michael Jordan (1963), Diane Keaton (1946), Hugh Hefner (1926), Philip Kotler (1931), and Leonardo DiCaprio (1974).


Among military personnels born in United States, Desmond Doss ranks 3Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880) and George S. Patton (1885). After him are Robert Peary (1856), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Robert E. Lee (1807), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Yonatan Netanyahu (1946).