Desmond T. Doss received his draft notice in April of 1942 but his religious convictions were at odds with the idea of killing. He was given Conscientious Objector status due to his religious beliefs, yet, as strange as it may seem, he decided to remain in the Army only if he could be a medic.
A teenage army medic has become the first woman to be awarded the Military Cross, one of the highest honours for gallantry in combat. Private Michelle Norris, 19, braved a hail of sniper and machine-gun fire from 200 insurgents during a pitched battle in southern Iraq in order to give lifesaving treatment to a wounded comrade.
U.S. Army Medics treating two GIs at a first aid post in southern England in 1944. The soldiers are among the troops due to embark for the invasion of Normandy. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images):