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Doris Miller Is Awarded The Navy Cross

Honoring Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller. A black messman who was untrained in machine gun use due to rigid Naval segregation policies, Miller took over a machine gun aboard the USS West Virginia and was officially credited with downing two Japanese planes. Miller was honored as one of the first heroes of World War II, and six months after the attack was given the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester Nimitz. Picture from http://www.greatblackheroes.com/government/doris-miller/

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Seaman Doris Miller was serving as a mess attendant aboard the battleship on that fateful morning but helped carry his mortally wounded captain to temporary safety and manned a machine gun, firing at the low-flying attackers.

[Photo] US Navy Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller speaking during his war bond tour stop at the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois, United States, 7 Jan 1943

Pearl Harbor hero US Navy Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller speaking during his war bond tour stop at the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois, 7 January 1943 (US National Archives)

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Beverly Williams, a fourth-generation family member of World War II hero Doris Miller, of Waco, touches his likeness on a newly-unveiled stamp.

DORIS MILLER PEARL HABOR MEDAL OF HONOR

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[Photo] American propaganda poster featuring African-American US Navy sailor Doris Miller, 1943; the text read 'above and beyond the call of duty'

American propaganda poster featuring African-American US Navy sailor Doris Miller, 1943; the text read 'above and beyond the call of duty'