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US Next U.S. Navy aircraft carrier to be named after African American Pearl Harbor hero

17:25  19 january  2020
17:25  19 january  2020 Source:   cbsnews.com

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The US Navy is to name new aircraft carrier after a World War II hero . Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller was the first African American to receive The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, on Martin Luther King Junior Day. Miller died on a ship that was torpedoed by

Doris Miller was the first African - American sailor to receive the Navy Cross, for his bravery during “I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the Mr. Miller later served on the Indianapolis and then the escort carrier Liscome Bay.

The aircraft carrier is the symbol of American power – 90,000 tons of diplomacy, the Navy likes to say. Almost all of them are named after presidents – until Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly broke with tradition.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin said, "So, the list of carriers is going to read Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Reagan, Truman, Eisenhower, Bush, Ford, Kennedy … Miller?"

"Exactly right, and I like it when you put it that way," said Modly.

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HONOLULU (AP) — The U . S . Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. Miller was the first African American

The U . S . Navy is planning to name an aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, the first black man to receive the Navy cross for valor. Miller was honored for using a machine gun on the USS West Virginia to return fire against airplanes during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

That's Miller as in Dorie Miller. The next aircraft carrier to be built will be named for the grandson of slaves and a son of sharecroppers. The official announcement is on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, at Pearl Harbor.  a black and white photo of Doris Miller: doris-miller-promo.jpg © CBS News doris-miller-promo.jpg

And Dorie's closest surviving relatives, Florietta Miller and Brenda Haven, are still getting used to having a carrier named after their Uncle Dorie, who served in the segregated Navy in World War II. "That's a great honor," said Haven. "because it's been a long, hard road."

Miller was born in Waco, Texas – and his first name was actually Doris.

Doris Miller wearing a uniform and holding a baseball bat: Doris © Provided by CBS News Doris "Dorie" Miller.

The name, said Haven, came from Miller's mother: "Grandmother thought she was having a girl. And it wasn't a girl! Doris turned out to be a boy, so that's where that name came from," she laughed.

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7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor . USS Miller, a destroyer escort, was previously named in his honor. “I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young Two of Miller’ s nieces are expected to be at Pearl Harbor for the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr.

HONOLULU — The U . S . Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller. The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. Miller was the first African American

Waco has been described in those years as the place where the Old South met the Wild West, and like much of America back then, Jim Crow ruled.

Haven said, "White man was, 'Yes, sir.' White lady, 'Yes, ma'am.' You didn't disrespect whatsoever, don't care how old you are."

There were no economic opportunities for a young black man, so he joined the Navy; at least there the pay was steady.

"Navy policy at that time limited blacks to those duties that were manual, that they thought didn't require a whole lot of intellect," said Regina Akers, a historian with the Naval History and Heritage Command. "When Dorie Miller came in, he was limited to the Messman's branch pretty much."

"What does a mess attendant do?" asked Martin.

"Basically a mess attendant takes care of an officer," Akers said. "You lay out his clothes, you shine his shoes, and then you serve in the officers' mess."

Miller served aboard the battleship West Virginia which on Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, was tied up on "Battleship Row" in Pearl Harbor.

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HONOLULU — The U . S . Navy is expected to honor a World War II hero when a new aircraft carrier is named for Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller. The announcement is expected to be made at Pearl Harbor Monday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. Miller was the first African American

Modly wanted to name the carrier after a Navy hero and landed on Miller after extensive conversations with current and former Navy leaders, two During the Imperial Japanese Navy attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, then Mess Attendant 3rd Class Miller took charge of an anti- aircraft battery

a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Pearl Harbor - Day of infamy 25 photos © Provided by CBS News Pearl Harbor - Day of infamy 25 photos

Miller has just finished serving breakfast, and was sorting laundry when the West Virginia was hit by nine Japanese torpedoes and two bombs. Miller was ordered to the bridge to evacuate the ship's captain, who lay mortally wounded. 

As the air attack continued, against all rules, Miller manned a .50-caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun and fired on the Japanese planes. He also helped carry and move injured sailors to safety.

"The irony of this is that, back in the '40s, pre-World War II, African Americans were not allowed to have any jobs where they handled machine guns or any type of lethal force," said Modly.

When the Navy, which Miller had joined in 1939, awarded medals to those who had fought bravely, it didn't even mention the name Doris Miller. 

Martin asked, "Why wouldn't the Navy right from the start at least identify him by name instead of calling him 'an unknown Negro sailor'?"

"Well, you would have to be a Negro in 1939 to understand that," said Akers. "The status of African Americans, they were treated like second-class citizens."

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7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor . USS Miller, a destroyer escort, was previously named in his honor. “I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young Two of Miller’ s nieces are expected to be at Pearl Harbor for the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr.

Miller was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross for valour. “I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call Two of Miller’ s nieces are expected to be at Pearl Harbor for the announcement on Martin Luther King Jr.

Four months later, the Pittsburgh Courier, perhaps the leading African American newspaper of the day, finally published the sailor's name and the Navy grudgingly gave him a letter of commendation.

"In his opinion that's all he warranted," Akers said. "However, others disagreed. The press, black and white press, disagreed, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People disagreed."

As recorded on Miller's service card in the Navy Archives, President Roosevelt stepped in and ordered him awarded the Navy Cross. "That was not without controversy," Modly said. "There were some people who did not want him to receive the Navy Cross, because of his race."

a group of people wearing military uniforms: Admiral Chester Nimitz presents American Messman Third Class Doris Miller with the Navy Cross. © Provided by CBS News Admiral Chester Nimitz presents American Messman Third Class Doris Miller with the Navy Cross.

He received the medal from Admiral Chester Nimitz, who noted Miller was the first person of his race to receive such a high honor.

Akers said, "He understood the importance of having a black hero to encourage other blacks to support the Navy's war effort."

Miller went on a speaking tour and became a black celebrity in the same league as heavyweight champion Joe Louis and singer Lena Horne.

Akers said, "Some considered him just as important, just as aspirational, drew just as much hope from him."

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He will be the first African - American to have an aircraft carrier named in his honor. Petty Officer Miller also was the first African - American to receive the Navy Cross, second only to the Medal of 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor while he was assigned to the U . S . S . West Virginia, a battleship.

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Was he comfortable with his celebrity? "No, not at all," Akers said. "His goal was really to get to his next ship."

Miller was assigned to the aircraft carrier Liscome Bay, which less than a year after Pearl Harbor, was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.  Dorie Miller was never seen again.

Haven said, "It's kind of hard thinking of my grandmother, her hurt. She used to say, 'Had I been a white woman, they would have treated me better. But I'm a black woman, and my son is a hero.'"

Over the years his legacy has been honored, including in a larger-than-life statute in his hometown of Waco, but that's nothing like having an aircraft carrier named after him. There are currently 11 aircraft carriers – an honor reserved for very few Americans. "Absolutely," said Modly. 

The last carrier to be christened was the USS. John F. Kennedy, by his daughter Caroline. 

Construction has not yet begun on the USS Doris Miller; it will be seven or eight years before the ship gets into the water. It will be expected to sail the world for 50 years. 

Akers said, "Like everything else that's celebrated about Dorie Miller, it's gonna draw some criticism, rest assured."

"What would be the criticism?" asked Martin.

"Some may suggest it's more than he deserves. Some may say he was just a guy who did his job when general quarters went off on a shi;, 'What's the big deal?'"

"What was your personal reaction?"

"Oh, I was overwhelmed," said Akers. "It is tremendous, and it's a reminder, too, that heroism is in no way limited by race, by gender, by background, by rank or rating."

Of the ceremony to take place on Martin Luther King Day, Haven said, "Never would have thought my uncle would have been next to Martin Luther King, or even the same day. That's beautiful!" she said.

For more info: 

  • Doris "Dorie" Miller: The Hero of Pearl Harbor (Veterans Affairs)
  • Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly
  • Dr. Regina Akers, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.
  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Honolulu
  • U.S. Navy

Story produced by Mary Walsh. 

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