Doris Miller as born in Waco, Texas (Ms. Kathy, you should know this one), back in 1919 to Connery and Henrietta. He attended A.J. Moore High School in Waco, but dropped out in the 8th grade. Just before his 20th birthday he enlisted in the United States Navy, taking his training at the Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia.
He was assigned to the Battleship West Virginia in 1940, where he started competition boxing, becoming the ship’s heavyweight champion. Of course, he was on duty on December 7th, 1941. when the Battle Stations alarm went off he went to his battle station, where he served with distinction. For his actions, he was awarded the Navy Cross. As far as I can find he was the only African-American recognized for his actions during the attack. He was featured on a 1943 Navy recruiting poster. On November 24, 1943, he was killed in action during the Battle of Makin Island while aboard the escort carrier Liscome Bay, he was 24.
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