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HR 206 - Doss, Desmond T.; invite to House
Sauder, Randy (29th) Murphy, Thomas B (18th) Joyce, Brian D (1st)
Byrd, Roger C (170th) Connell, Jack (115th) Birdsong, Kenneth W (123rd)
Status Summary HC: Rules SC: FR: 02/02/99 LA: 03/13/00 H - Passed/Adopted

First Reader Summary

A RESOLUTION recognizing and honoring Desmond T. Doss, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and inviting him to appear before the House of Representatives; and for other purposes.

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House Action Senate
2/2/99 Read 1st Time
3/13/00 Favorably Reported
3/13/00 Passed/Adopted
Version by LC Number
LC 24 1312 As Introduced

HR 206                                             LC 24 1312 
                             A RESOLUTION 
  1- 1  Recognizing and honoring Desmond T.  Doss, Congressional 
  1- 2  Medal of Honor recipient, and inviting him to appear before 
  1- 3  the House of Representatives; and for other purposes. 
  1- 4  WHEREAS, Desmond T. Doss was a Seventh Day Adventist when he 
  1- 5  enlisted in the Army. His religion forbade the taking of 
  1- 6  lives but promoted their saving. Taking this message to 
  1- 7  heart, Doss did as much as any great warrior ever did to 
  1- 8  save the lives of his men; and 
  1- 9  WHEREAS, Doss spent all of his time in the army saving the 
  1-10  lives of his men as an infantry medic, all the while not 
  1-11  carrying a weapon and dismissive of his own peril; and 
  1-12  WHEREAS, as President Truman himself recognized in the 
  1-13  citation awarding the Medal of Honor to Doss issued on 
  1-14  October 12, 1945, Doss exhibited magnificent fortitude and 
  1-15  unflinching bravery in the face of desperately dangerous 
  1-16  conditions during the assault on the Maeda Escarpment in 
  1-17  Okinawa in late April and early May, 1945. Doss received 
  1-18  many grievous wounds during that battle and the ensuing 
  1-19  ones, but he still tended to others before himself. He got 
  1-20  every single one of his 75 wounded men off of the rocky 
  1-21  cliff, a truly impressive feat that he believes was made 
  1-22  possible by the guiding and protective hand of God; and 
  1-23  WHEREAS, Doss received this country's highest honor for his 
  1-24  esteemed bravery during those days, and his name became a 
  1-25  symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding 
  1-26  gallantry far above and beyond the call of duty, all the 
  1-27  while professing that the true glory belongs not to him but 
  1-28  to God; and 
  1-29  WHEREAS, this state and this country owe Desmond T. Doss a 
  1-30  debt greater than can be paid, and it is only right and 
  1-31  fitting that he be honored and his bravery as well as his 
  1-32  dedication to his religious beliefs be recognized. 
  1-34  REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body recognize and 
  1-35  honor Desmond T. Doss for his heroic efforts during World 
  2- 1  War II and express their sincere gratitude and admiration 
  2- 2  for his actions. 
  2- 3  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Desmond T. Doss be invited to 
  2- 4  appear before the House of Representatives at a date and 
  2- 5  time to be fixed by the Speaker, for the purpose of being 
  2- 6  honored and recognized by the House of Representatives and 
  2- 7  receiving an appropriate copy of this resolution. 

Clerk of the House
Robert E. Rivers, Jr., Clerk
Last Updated on 03/14/00