This Day in Black History: Dec. 7, 1941

Doris “Dorie” Miller defends U.S. ships during Pearl Harbor attack.

Posted: 12/07/2011 07:00 AM EST

(Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Doris "Dorie"  Miller, a Black cook onboard the USS West Virginia, heroically took over a machine gun and fired at Japanese planes during the infamous surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. Miller became one of the first heroes of World War II, but was never recommended for or awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

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