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Dorie Miller Day honors WWII hero, features info expo

The first annual Dorie Miller Day will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Alphonso "Rafi" Green Jr. Masten Resource Center, 1423 Fillmore Ave.

The event – on the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor – will include a video about Miller, the World War II sailor confined to mess attendant duty on the battleship USS West Virginia because of discrimination against blacks at the time. Despite his job restrictions, when the Japanese struck, Miller went on deck to pull his wounded captain to safety and then manned a 50-caliber machine gun to shoot down Japanese planes despite never being trained on the weapon.

For his heroism, Miller was awarded the Navy Cross, the first African-American to receive the honor. He died in 1943 when the USS Liscome Bay was torpedoed.

In addition to honoring Miller, Wednesday’s event will include an information expo featuring African-American owned businesses and community organizations.

The event is sponsored by the Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club, which provides training, seminars, scholarships and education about the role firearms have played in the preservation of the African-American community.

 

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