American poster: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. (At the start of the war, African Americans joining the Navy could only serve as messmen. Doris ("Dorie") Miller was serving on board the U.S.S. West Virginia during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He had received no gunnery training, but during the attack he manned the weapon of a fallen gunman and succeeded in hitting Japanese planes. He was awarded the Navy Cross, but only after pressure from the black press.
"This marks the first time in this conflict that such high tribute has been made in the Pacific Fleet to a member of his race and I’m sure that the future will see others similarly honored for brave acts." — Admiral Chester W. Nimitz http://www.greatblackheroes.com/government/doris-miller/
Mountain cabin taken by Wayne County, WV photographer Thomas Luther. There is no better photo to illustrate the harshness and beauty of mountain life. So many things near and dear to mountaineers are shown in this photo - family, farming, hunting, dogs, and even banjo picking (note the kid behind the barrel of the gun). From Doris Miller Papers, Marshall University Special Collections
Doris (Dorie) Miller. When the Navy was institutionally racist and told him he could only be a cook, he saved hundreds if not thousands of lives when he manned a machine gun which cut down at least 6 kamikaze planes according to his chief. Pioneer. Hero. Texan.