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Doris Miller - was a cook in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross,

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Dorie Miller, hero of Pearl Harbor, receiving the Navy Cross from Chester Nimitz, May 27, 1942.

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Doris “Dorie” Miller, a black mess attendant on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. While carrying out an order of loading the ship with weapons, Miller took over a machine gun aboard and was officially credited with downing two Japanese planes. He was honored as one of the first heroes of World War II, and given the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

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Dorie MIller, a messman in the U.S. Navy was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic deeds at Pearl Harbor (1st African American to be awarded the Navy Cross). ALL HE DID The Morning of Pearl Harbor Bombing was carry wounded sailors to safer locations, move his injured Captain (the Captain refused to leave his post & remained until his death), load machine guns, take control of one & began firing at Japanese planes (He HAD NO TRAINING IN OPERATING ONE). He fired until he ran out of ammunition.

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Recruiting poster depicting Dorie Miller's Pearl Harbor heroics.

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"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/

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Above and Beyond the Call of Duty--Dorie Miller received the Navy Cross at Pearl Harbor on May 27, 1942

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from WW2DB

[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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