US Navy names newest aircraft carrier after Doris Miller

Updated: January 19, 2020 11:00 PM
Created: January 19, 2020 10:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Just in time for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the U.S. Navy announced on Sunday that it would name its newest aircraft carrier will be named USS Doris Miller.

Miller was the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for his bravery during World War II. The ceremony to dedicate Miller's name will take place on Monday, January 20 at Pearl Harbor. The event will highlight contributions of African Americans to the greatest generation.


Miller was aboard the battleship West Virginia on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. The ship was hit by a torpedo and Miller helped seriously wounded soldiers in the ship. Miller also manned a machine gun until it run out of ammunition.

Miller died while on another ship that was hit by a torpedo that sank off an atoll in the Gilbert Islands in 1943. 

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