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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Navy will name its new $12.5 billion aircraft carrier after Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller, the first black American to receive the Navy Cross for valor, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Miller, a native of Waco, Texas, received the prestigious award in 1942 after he fired back on Japanese planes with a machine gun on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. The Navy Cross for valor is the second-highest distinction awarded by the U.S. military for valor.
The article goes on to state the following:
At the time of the attack, black Americans weren’t allowed to man a gun in the Navy. Doreen Ravenscroft, president of Cultural Arts of Waco and team leader for the Doris Miller Memorial, told the paper, “I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call of what’s expected.”
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The U.S. Navy plans to name an aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, the first black sailor to receive a Navy Cross for his bravery during Pearl Harborhttps://t.co/NA13gv2pZX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 18, 2020