Admiral Nimitz awards Doris Miller the Navy Cross onboard the USS Enterprise on May 27th, 1942. Miller was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross.
Miller was commended for his actions on December 7th, 1941 at Pearl Harbor. Miller assisted with moving wounded sailors to aid stations, as well as firing on Japanese planes with a Browning .50 caliber.
Miller later died during the war after his ship, USS Liscome Bay was sank by a Japanese sub during the Battle of Tarawa.