John Swafford (left) and Phil Garver (right), Desmond Doss Foundation board members and personal friends of Desmond Doss, present a World War II litter/stretcher that belonged to Desmond Doss to Keith Hardison (center), the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center Executive Director on August 18 at the museum in downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Doss presented the litter to Swafford when he moved from his home on Lookout Mountain, GA. Doss didn’t use this particular litter during WWII while serving as a U.S. Army Medic, but after the war he continued to serve others as leader of the Rescue Service of the Civilian Defense, Area 4, Walker County, GA.

According to Desmond Doss, Jr., son of Desmond and Dorothy Doss, the vehicle used by the search and rescue team fit WWII-era equipment, including litters like the one Doss owned. Desmond Jr. remembers his father having this litter around the house. It’s fitting the litter is now part of the Doss exhibit.

The National MOH Heritage Center has an incredible exhibit for Doss, his Medal of Honor, uniform and many personal items. Make plans to visit and see Doss’ exhibit and the first medals. Experience the powerful stories of ordinary people who accomplished extraordinary things.

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