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The Autobiography of a Hero The Story of Dorie Miller


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The Autobiography of a Hero The Story of Dorie Miller

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Musicial Guest Maggie Brown daughter of the great Oscar Brown Jr

OUR MUSICAL GUEST will be Maggie Brown (daughter of the legendary Oscar Brown jr.)

Dorie Miller joined the Navy with dreams of becoming a gunner, but because of racial segregation, he was relegated to the mess hall, washing dishes. With unbelievable courage and unflinching valor, he took over command of a machine gun and shot down three Japanese war planes. (he received the medal of honor) only to be relegated to the mess hall once again, and died two years later

Following training at the Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia, Miller was assigned to the ammunition ship USS Pyro (AE-1) where he served as a Mess Attendant, and on 2 January 1940 was transferred to USS West Virginia (BB-48), where he became the ship's heavyweight boxing champion. In July of that year he had temporary duty aboard USS Nevada (BB-36) at Secondary Battery Gunnery School. He returned to West Virginia and on 3 August, and was serving in that battleship when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Miller had arisen at 6 a.m., and was collecting laundry when the alarm for general quarters sounded. He headed for his battle station, the antiaircraft battery magazine amidship, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it, so he went on deck. Because of his physical prowess, he was assigned to carry wounded fellow Sailors to places of greater safety. Then an officer ordered him to the bridge to aid the mortally wounded Captain of the ship. He subsequently manned a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition and was ordered to abandon ship.

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