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Doris Miller

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Military Personnel

The Resume

    (October 12, 1919-November 24, 1943)
    Born in Waco, Texas
    US Navy steward and cook
    Served on the battleships West Virginia and Nevada and the aircraft carrier Liscome Bay
    Manned a machine gun during Pearl Harbor
    Portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in the film 'Pearl Harbor'

Why he might be annoying:

    He had a girl's name.
    He dropped out of school after twice failing to pass the eighth grade.
    He has been credited with downing as many as six Japanese planes during Pearl Harbor, but the official naval records suggest he probably hit none.
    Although the Senate and House both passed resolutions recommending him for the Medal of Honor, the Navy decided he did not meet the requirements.

Why he might not be annoying:

    Due to segregation in the Navy, he could only serve in a ship's mess.
    During Pearl Harbor, he carried the West Virginia's wounded captain to an aid station and rescued several sailors from the water.
    He became the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross.
    He died when the Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese torpedo.
    He was featured on a Navy recruiting poster.

Credit: C. Fishel

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Year In Review:

    For 2023, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2022, Out of 6 Votes: 16.67% Annoying
    In 2021, Out of 14 Votes: 35.71% Annoying
    In 2020, Out of 3 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2019, Out of 1 Votes: 0% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 11 Votes: 63.64% Annoying
    In 2016, Out of 13 Votes: 15.38% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 28 Votes: 39.29% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 31 Votes: 48.39% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 27 Votes: 51.85% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 21 Votes: 42.86% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 24 Votes: 12.50% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 70 Votes: 41.43% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 137 Votes: 37.23% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 237 Votes: 32.49% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 77 Votes: 48.05% Annoying