Desmond T. Doss, Sr., the only conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II, died Thursday morning at his Alabama home. He was 87.
The first conscientious objector to be awarded the nations highest award for heroism, Mr. Doss, a devout Seventh-day Adventist, preferred the term conscientious cooperator, according to Adventist officials.
His faith initially earned the ridicule of fellow infantrymen fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. But after his single-handed efforts saved more than 75 infantrymen wounded in the Battle of Okinawa, an entire battalion scoured the battlefield to recover Private Doss blood-stained Bible and return it to him.