dorris miller

Chester W. Nimitz pins the Navy Cross on Doris Miller, at ceremony on board warship in Maui, May 27, 1942.

Doris Miller, who was a cook aboard the USS West Virginia on December 7, 1941, was awarded for “…distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and disregard of his personal safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. While at the side of his Captain on the bridge, Miller despite enemy strafing and bombing, and in the face of serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain, who had been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety and later manned and operated a machine gun until ordered to leave the bridge.” But this citation doesn’t tell the whole story. I would advise looking him up as there is much written on him and it is too much for me to surmise appropriately