New aircraft carrier to be named after first black American who received Navy Cross for valor

  
Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 months ago  •  14 comments

By:   MARTY JOHNSON

New aircraft carrier to be named after first black American who received Navy Cross for valor
"I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call of what's expected."

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On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Navy will name its new $12.5 billion aircraft carrier after Mess Attendant 2nd Class  Doris Miller , the first black American to receive the Navy Cross for valor, the  Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported .

Miller, a native of Waco, Texas, received the prestigious award in 1942 after he fired back on Japanese planes with a machine gun on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. The Navy Cross for valor is the second-highest distinction awarded by the U.S. military for valor.

At the time of the attack, black Americans weren't allowed to man a gun in the Navy.

Doreen Ravenscroft, president of Cultural Arts of Waco and team leader for the Doris Miller Memorial, told the paper, "I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call of what's expected."

"Without him really knowing, he actually was a part of the civil rights movement because he changed the thinking in the Navy," she added.

Miller died in 1943 when the ship he was on was attacked by a Japanese submarine during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands.

The USS Miller is a Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier — the new kind of carrier the Navy is hauling out to replace Nimitz-class vessels.

According to the Navy, as of December, 14 ships had been named for African Americans, including destroyers and a ballistic missile submarine. 


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Vic Eldred
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 months ago

I was going to save this for tomorrow (Martin Luther King Day) but I thought it belonged more to Sunday.

This is a refreshing story and someone needs a bit more credit:

"According to the Navy, as of December, 14 ships had been named for African Americans, including destroyers and a ballistic missile submarine."

Somebody in the Navy had to have suggested this. It would be nice to know who he/she is.


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Paula Bartholomew
2  Paula Bartholomew    2 months ago

Wasn't he the inspiration for the part Cuba Gooding Jr played in the movie Pearl Harbor?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    2 months ago

I think you're right.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    2 months ago

Absolutely!  He was serving on the West Virginia the day Pearl Harbor was attacked. I thought the movie was fairly accurate in it's portrayal of Miller.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.2.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.2    2 months ago

He was my favorite character in the movie.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
2.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2    2 months ago

Yes, he was.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4  sandy-2021492    2 months ago

Very fitting, Vic, considering we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. tomorrow.  Miller helped African-American sailors, soldiers, and marines get the recognition they had always deserved.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5  XDm9mm    2 months ago

Super cool!!

Thanks for the info Vic.

Even better that Doris Miller was from Texas (Waco) and received the award directly from Admiral Nimitz (Fredericksburg) himself yet another Texan.

If anyone is ever in the area, go to the Pacific War Museum and the Nimitz Historic Site in Fredericksburg TX.

 
 
 
GregTx
5.1  GregTx  replied to  XDm9mm @5    2 months ago

I would also suggest while you're there to take a tour of the various vineyards.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
5.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  GregTx @5.1    2 months ago
I would also suggest while you're there to take a tour of the various vineyards.

Very true.   Texas vineyards have been getting some great press and winning international awards for the wines they produce.  I have to admit that I never imagined Texas as a wine type environment.  Big beef ribs and brisket, but a subtle red or white wine?  jrSmiley_74_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
squiggy
5.1.2  squiggy  replied to  XDm9mm @5.1.1    2 months ago

Ha. Two years ago, I was surprised by the windmills on the old pump platforms - it was almost funny from the sky. Now vineyards? Yous guys are goin blue.

 
 
 
Enoch
6  Enoch    2 months ago

Dear Friend Vic Eldred: Great seed.

Just what we needed at this time.

We are indebted.

P&AB.

Enoch.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
6.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Enoch @6    2 months ago

Thank you my friend. 

 
 
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