Desmond Doss

1919 - 2006

Desmond Doss

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 12,198,089 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 138th most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Desmond Doss ranks 138 out of 1,194Before him are Erich von Falkenhayn, Bohemond I of Antioch, Ferdinand Schörner, Khalifa Haftar, Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqas, and Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse. After him are Sun Ce, Date Masamune, Hermann Fegelein, Hasdrubal Barca, Sun Jian, and Jean-de-Dieu Soult.

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Among people born in 1919, Desmond Doss ranks 8Before him are Eva Perón, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Edmund Hillary, Doris Lessing, J. D. Salinger, and Primo Levi. After him are Zhao Ziyang, Giulio Andreotti, Fausto Coppi, Nat King Cole, Georgios Papadopoulos, and Donald Pleasence. Among people deceased in 2006, Desmond Doss ranks 16Before him are Alfredo Stroessner, Saparmurat Niyazov, Oriana Fallaci, Philippe Noiret, Heinrich Harrer, and Owen Chamberlain. After him are György Ligeti, Syd Barrett, Bülent Ecevit, Clay Regazzoni, Steve Irwin, and Ibrahim Rugova.

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Among people born in United States, Desmond Doss ranks 357 out of 12,171Before him are Billie Holiday (1915), Herman Hollerith (1860), George Clooney (1961), Sandra Bullock (1964), David Carradine (1936), and Zachary Taylor (1784). After him are Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Michael Jordan (1963), Nicole Kidman (1967), Crazy Horse (1840), Millard Fillmore (1800), and Jack Ruby (1911).


Among military personnels born in United States, Desmond Doss ranks 6Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), Robert Peary (1856), George Armstrong Custer (1839), and Robert E. Lee (1807). After him are Paul Tibbets (1915), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Richard Winters (1918).

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