Doris A, Miller, later known as Dorie (thank goodness) was Mess Attendant Second Class ( a cook) in the U.S. Navy.
On the morning of the Pearl Harbor attack, 75 years ago, , Dorie Miller was completing extra duties as a room steward, providing wake up services to officers, doing their laundry, shining their shoes and making their beds.
When the alarm went off letting him know it was time to head to his battle station, the USS West Virginia was under attack by more than 200 Japanese torpedo planes.
Six foot 3 inch, 200-pound Dorie Miller was ordered to carry injured shipmates to a more protected part of the ship. He also tried to aid the ship’s wounded captain but the captain refused to leave his post.
Afterwards, Dorie Miller was ordered to help load the ship’s anti-aircraft machine guns, HOWEVER, instead of just loading them, Dorie Miller began firing at the Japanese torpedo planes.
On April 1. 1942, Dorie Miller received a medal of honor for his bravery and for going beyond the call of duty.
Last year, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson held a fundraiser to raise money for a Dorie A. Miler Memorial.
Cuba Gooding Jr. portrayed Dorie Miller in the film Pearl Harbor.