The Story Behind an American Hero, Ship’s Mess Attendant Doris Miller

In the movie Pearl Harbor, there is a scene in the movie where the airmen are running for sand bag bunkers during the attack. But one Ships mess attendant played by Cuba Mark Gooding Jr, instead of hunkering down took matters in his own hands.

The video clip below is the story behind Ship’s mess attendant Doris Miller:

Doris Miller was working as a mess attendant on the battleship West Virginia the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. An alarm sounded, and as the ship drew heavy fire, Mr. Miller raced to assist the West Virginia’s fatally wounded commanding officer. He also fired a machine gun against enemy planes.

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