For Doss' actions on Okinawa, his citation reads, "His name became a symbol throughout the 77th Infantry Division for outstanding gallantry far and beyond the call of duty."
After returning from the war, Doss spent nearly six years in hospitals.
In addition to his wounds, during his service he had contracted tuberculosis, which led to the removal of a lung and five ribs.
Antibiotics given to help clear up his TB, he believed, ruined his hearing and by 1976, he was completely deaf.
A cochlear implant in 1988, a procedure donated by Loma Linda University Medical Center and performed there, significantly improved his hearing.
Because of his wartime wounds and post-war illness, Doss received a military pension and was never able to hold a full-time job. To help support the family, his wife, Dorothy, whom he had married before being shipped to the Pacific, worked full-time as a nurse.