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Miller, Dorie 1919-1943


Dorie Miller was born near Waco, Texas. He joined the U.S. Navy at nineteen, at a time when a black man could not hope for a higher rank than messman. He served valiantly during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when his ship, the Arizona, was bombed by Japanese planes. He moved the ship’s wounded captain to a safer location, and, although he had never been trained to fire a gun, was credited with shooting down four Japanese planes. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his valor and promoted to mess attendant first class.

Logan, Rayford W. Dictionary of American Negro Biography. 1 st ed. New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 1982. pgs. 434-435.

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