Cpl. Desmond T. Doss was posthumously honored with the renaming of an expressway in Lynchburg, VA thanks to the efforts of Chapter 196.
Chapter members, a local chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and private individuals mobilized to fundraise for a plaque at the Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg and on a historical highway in the neighborhood where Doss spent his childhood.
Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Okinawa during World War II. Most recently, he was the subject of the Hollywood film “Hacksaw Ridge” by Mel Gibson.
Because of his religious and patriotic beliefs, Doss voluntarily enlisted in the U.S. Army, though never carried or touched a gun or rifle. Many of his fellow servicemen ridiculed his decision. Some of the lives of those same men were saved by the medic when he singlehandedly carried 75 of them out of harm’s way while enduring heavy gunfire.
Doss was a Medal of Honor recipient, had the Bronze Star, and received 3 Purple Hearts with Oak Leaf clusters. He has other highways in Georgia and Alabama named after him.
Desmond Doss, Jr. unveiled the historical highway marker in July.
Chapter 196 is also activity in the community participating in parades, 5K runs, cookouts, and most recently presenting a Quilt of Valor.