On this Memorial Day, I'd like to pay a special tribute to those troops who serve as Combat Medics, Corpsmen and Doctors. These men and women do something extraordinary. They run towards danger to provide help to our fallen wounded when saner folk would run the other way. Many of them serve as conscientious objectors. Desmond Doss was one of them.
Two things struck me after reading about this man. He was a genuine hero, and he was as tough as nails. A lot of his fellow troops thought so too. Desmond Doss was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first medic so honored, and one of three who have won the award.
You can read more about Desmond Doss and other courageous men and women in a book by Mark Littleton and Charles Wright entitled Doc: Heroic Stories of Medics,Corpsmen,and Surgeons in Combat
Their courage and self-sacrifice is an inspiration to all of us. We wouldn't be a free nation without them.