Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit salutes Black History Month by honoring patriots who fought for freedom. Today's honoree is Doris "Dorie" Miller.
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, the third highest honor awarded by the U.S. Navy at the time, after the Medal of Honor and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, Dorie was awakened at 6:00 AM on the West Virginia. The ship was under attack by more than 200 Japanese torpedo planes, bombers, and fighters and a torpedo had destroyed his battle station.
Despite having no training in operating the big guns, he bravely jumped into action. Miller later recounted: “It wasn’t hard. I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine."
When he was identified as Doris Miller, Senator James Mead of New York introduced a Senate Bill seeking to award Dorie the Medal of Honor, the United States highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.
On April 1, 1942, Dorris Miller was commended by the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox on May 27, 1942. The commendation cited cited his “distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard of his personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941."
If you don't like guns, you probably don't know your history. Yep, I said it.
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