Dr. Elmer Hart served as an Army medic miles away from the well-known Desmond Doss


Elmer E. Hart ’53-B was in the midst of his studies at what is now Walla Wall University in Washington when he was drafted as a medic into the U.S. military during World War II. He served admirably in four island campaigns as a conscientious objector, never needing a weapon, he says. Dr. Hart was a contemporary of the late Desmond Doss, a courageous Christian who saved the lives of 75 of his fellow soldiers and whose story is featured in the film “Hacksaw Ridge.” During the events portrayed in the film, Dr. Hart was mere miles away on the beaches of Okinawa. His story was featured recently in The Sacramento Bee.

(Photo by Drew Perine, the News Tribune)