You might not know who Doris “Dorie” Miller was, but you soon will.
Miller, a former amateur boxer, was at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago Wednesday when Japan attacked the United States’ naval base, resulting in thousands of American casualties.
Miller, who was a cook and laundry attendant on the USS West Virginia, helped bring the ship’s captain to safety and later used a .50 caliber machine gun, a weapon with which he had no prior training, according to his bio on History.com.
“It wasn’t hard,” Miller said of using the machine gun, via History.Navy.Mil. “I just pulled the trigger and she worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about fifteen minutes. I think I got one of those (Japanese) planes. They were diving pretty close to us.”
He became the first African-American man to win the Navy Cross, according…