US Navy to name new aircraft after African-American Pearl Harbor hero

US Navy to name new aircraft after African-American Pearl Harbor hero

- The United State Navy will be honouring World War II hero Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller for his bravery on December 7, 1941

- The navy will be naming a new aircraft carrier after Miller for going beyond the call of duty

- The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941

- In return, Miller manned a machine gun on the USS West Virginia and returned fire against Japanese planes during the attack

- In May 1942, Miller became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for valour

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The United States Navy is honouring World War II hero Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller by naming a new aircraft carrier after him.

Daily Mail reports that the official announcement to that effect was made at Pearl Harbor on Monday, January 20.

Briefly.co.za recalls that the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service surprised the US with a military strike at the naval base in Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941.

Navy to name new aircraft after African American Pearl Harbor hero

The attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Photo credit: CORBIS
Source: UGC

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Miller, who was 22 at the time, manned a machine gun on the USS West Virginia and returned fire against Japanese planes during the attack.

The US declared war on Japan the following day.

Navy to name new aircraft after African American Pearl Harbor hero

Doris Miller. Photo credit: US Navy
Source: UGC

A team leader for Doris Miller Memorial, Doreen Ravenscroft, said Miller was a hero who went beyond the call of what was expected.

Navy to name new aircraft after African American Pearl Harbor hero

Admiral Chester W Nimitz presents the Navy Cross to Miller in Pearl Harbor in May 1942. Photo credit: The LIFE Picture
Source: UGC

He said: "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."

At the time Miller exhibited his bravery, African Americans were not allowed to man a gun in the Navy, but Miller did not allow such restriction to deter him.

The $13 billion aircraft carrier is scheduled to launch in 2027 and enter service in 2030.

Miller would later die while serving on a ship that was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine in November 1943.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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