Black History Month: Hidden Figure – U.S. Navy Sailor Doris 'Dorrie' Miller

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It’s Black History Month! Gayle Anderson was live in Costa Mesa at Heroes Hall to learn about “Hidden Figure” U.S. Navy Sailor Doris “Dorrie” Miller. He manned anti-aircraft guns during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 for which he had no training and tended to the wounded. His heroic acts garnered the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the Navy at the time. He was the first African American to receive the special medal and special recognition.

Nearly two years after Pearl Harbor, he was killed in action when his ship Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Makin.

January 19, 2020, the U.S. Navy announced that the U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier CVN-81 will be named after him. It’s a Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier scheduled for construction in 2023 and launched in 2028.

 

“Hidden Figure”
U.S. Navy Sailor Doris “Dorrie” Miller
Pearl Harbor Hero
Navy Cross Recipient
“Fighting on the Home Front”

Heroes Hall OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa
714-708-1500

If you have questions or complaints, please feel free to contact Gayle Anderson at 1-323-460-5732 or email at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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