It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!
The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.
Deadline is March 20, 2018
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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM
Our January 2018 History Mystery subject was Desmond Doss (1919-2006). Born in Lynchburg, he was raised as a Seventh-Day Adventist, with his mother instilling in him a nonviolent, vegetarian lifestyle. During the Great Depression, Doss helped support his family by working at the local lumberyard, then at Newport News Shipyard. He voluntarily enlisted when the United States entered World War II. Because his religious beliefs meant he would not carry a weapon or kill an enemy soldier, he instead became a medic assigned to the 307th Infantry and was twice awarded the Bronze Star for exceptional valor in aiding wounded soldiers while under fire. After saving 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa, Doss became the only conscientious objector in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. His life has been the subject of several books, a documentary and the critically acclaimed 2016 film Hacksaw Ridge. Reader Anita Shaw of Montpelier was our $25 winner. Congratulations, Anita!