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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

On this Date in 1945: Lynchburg's Desmond T. Ross Got the Medal of Honor

This is a from a post I could not help to share with you. Its from the Jawa Report, and recognizes the service of one Lynchburg man on today's date, Oct. 12, 1945.

"In 1945 a conscientious objector wins US Medal of Honor. Private First Class Desmond T. Ross, of Lynchburg, Virginia, is presented the Congressional Medal of Honor for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman, the first conscientious objector in American history to receive the nation's highest civilian award. When called on by his country to fight in World War II, Ross, a dedicated pacifist, registered as a conscientious objector. Eventually sent to the Pacific theater of war as a medical corpsman, Ross voluntarily put his life in the utmost peril during the bloody battle for Okinawa, saving dozens of lives well beyond the call of duty. "


At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Ted said...

I'm confused as to whether Ross was considered to be a civilian or active duty military as a result of his being a conscientious objector. Your article states that he received the highest civilian award, The Congressional Medal of Honor.

At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Ted said...

I just typed my comment and it got sent to the side of page!

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Congressional Medal of Honor is awarded only to military personnel. He was an active duty soldier when he earned the Medal of Honor.

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm, he was a Private First Class which means he was a Marine. Medical Corpsman from the Navy handle all USMC medical issues. Have to do some more research on this, as this article does not add up.


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