Two years after his gallant defense on behalf of his shipmates on board the WEST VIRGINIA at Pearl Harbor, Dorie Miller, Cook Third Class, had another boat shot out from under him, the U.S.S. LISCOME BAY: this time he wasn't so lucky.
The attached paragraph BELOW was clipped from a longer article that appeared in the pages of YANK MAGAZINE concerning the sinking of that baby flat-top off of the Gilbert Islands in the South Pacific. The piece refers to the Navy Cross that was awarded him for his heroics at Pearl Harbor, his roll in the Navy and his prestige within the Black community during W.W. II. The column on the right recall his stouthearted acts of December 7, 1941.
On June 30, 1973, the U.S. Navy honored his memory by commissioning the U.S.S. MILLER: a 3,963-ton Knox-class escort ship; her motto: "Courage-Devotion".
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