Trump Administration Bestows Major Honor on Black WWII Hero

The Trump administration is bestowing an incredible honor on a black World War II hero by naming a ship after him on Martin Luther King Day.

In this file photo taken May 27, 1942, Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller stands at attention after being awarded the Navy Cross [Photo Credit: US Navy (Public Domain)]

According to The Daily Wire:

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The Trump administration is set to honor World War II hero Ship’s Cook Third Class Doris Miller during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by naming a future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier after Miller.

The decision was made by Thomas B. Modly, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to Undersecretary of the Navy in 2017 and took over as Acting Secretary of the Navy last year after Trump fired Richard Spencer from the role in November.

The U.S. Navy wrote:

This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American. This will also be the first aircraft carrier to be named in honor of a Sailor for actions while serving in the enlisted ranks.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Miller was collecting laundry on the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), when the attack from Japanese forces commenced. When the alarm for general quarters sounded he headed for his battle station, an anti-aircraft battery magazine, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it. Miller was ordered to the ship’s bridge to aid the mortally wounded commanding officer, and subsequently manned a .50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition. Miller then helped move many other injured Sailors as the ship was ordered abandoned due to her own fires and flaming oil floating down from the destroyed Arizona (BB-33). West Virginia lost 150 of its 1,500 person crew.

Miller’s actions during the attack earned him a commendation from then Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, and the Navy Cross, which was presented to him personally by Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at the time.

Modly continued, “Doris Miller stood for everything that is good about our nation, and his story deserves to be remembered and repeated wherever our people continue the watch today.”

Miller passed away in 1943 but described the ease of use of the gun he was never trained to operate.

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ABU TOM
1 year ago

A SHIPS COOK 3RD CLASS IS MORE WORTHY THEN AN ADMIRAL WHO REFUSED TO FIGHT IRAN. AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER IS MOST APPROPRIATE FOR A BRAVE AMERICAN. NO COLOR HERE JUST A BRAVE BROTHER. CHRISTENED A HERO BY A PRESIDENT OF ALL THE PEOPLE. PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE AMMUNITION.

AM
AM
1 year ago
Reply to  ABU TOM

Your post is so true and well-said.

ROSE
ROSE
1 year ago

I LOVE HEARING STORIES OF OUR AMERICAN HEROS.THANK YOU PRESINT TRUMP FOR HONORING THIS HERO.

Lea
Lea
1 year ago

Decorating this brave Sailor is a wonderful thing!! Thank you, President Trump, for recognizing all the heroes of war! Theses men are so wonderful.

Rosanne
Rosanne
1 year ago

I am weary of hearing the lies and distortions regarding racism in our country, of our good and able President, Donald J.Trump and in his administration. Today is a day to celebrate Martin Luther King, a martyr for faith and allegiance to his beliefs both by the cross of Christ and the Declaration of Independence. Today this brave warrior was honored for his sacrifice and love of country. Let us rejoice and be glad for the victory and the acknowledgement.

There are many unsung heroes who fought for our liberty, not all were in battle or the trenches. My beloved dad did his mighty work as a covert agent and died too young due to the stress and obedience of orders. He believed in his God and our blessed freedoms as Americans. Let nothing or no one destroy what has been built as one nation under the one God!

Jeff Ahlin, CDR, DC, USNR-R
Jeff Ahlin, CDR, DC, USNR-R
1 year ago

Thank you, President Trump, for recognizing this brave American hero. Petty Officer Miller is a symbol of greatness that embodies all that is right about America. He was the right man in the right place at the right time.

Paul G. Littlefield
Paul G. Littlefield
1 year ago

As a child, growing up during WWII, I saw a number of Black naval servicemen protecting the Portsmouth (NH) Naval shipyard. All heroes. Glad for our Navy to honor a cook who took heroic yeoman action in a battle situation.

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