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First African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross...
Item # 658742
May 28, 1942
THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York, May 28, 1942
* Doris 'Dorie' Miller awarded Navy Cross
* 1st African American to achieve this honor
* Attack on Pearl Harbor hero
Page 8 contains a significant report under the one column heads: "Medals Given to 9 By Admiral Nimitz" "Negro Hero Honored With Ship Commanders and Airmen".the text reading in part: "...Admiral Nimitz...made special mention of a Negro mess attendant, Doris Miller, who won the Navy Cross for bravery at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7. 'This marks the first time in the present conflict that such high tribute has been made in the Pacific Fleet to a member of his race, and I am sure that the future will see others similarly honored for brave acts,' Admiral Nimitz said..." (see).
Doris Miller was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the U.S. Navy at the time, after the Medal of Honor and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (today the Navy Cross precedes the Distinguished Service Medal).
This is the complete issue in nice condition, with minor creases to the front page.
Category: The 20th Century