Latest Nuclear Aircraft Carrier To Be Named Doris Miller, An African American Hero of Pearl Harbor

by AmericasKeepersAdmin on January 18, 2020

He will be the first African-American to have an aircraft carrier named in his honor.

Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller manned a machine gun on the USS West Virginia, returning fire against Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941

The Hero of The Harbor, Doris Miller, is expected to have the fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after him on Monday.

Doreen Ravenscroft, a team leader for the Doris Miller Memorial had this to say…

“I think that Doris Miller is an American hero simply because of what he represents as a young man going beyond the call of what’s expected. An African American was not allowed to man a gun in the Navy in 1941. Without him really knowing, he actually was a part of the Civil Rights movement because he changed the thinking in the Navy.”

Ford-class aircraft carrier

The Ford-class aircraft carriers are the largest carriers in the world. There are currently only 2 on the high seas, The USS Gerald R. Ford and the USS John F. Kennedy.

There is a 3rd Ford-class under construction, The USS Enterprise but won’t be launched until sometime in 2025

Miller’s namesake and $13 billion carrier is scheduled to launch in 2027, and enter service 3 years later in 2030

Admiral Chester W. Nimitz presents the Navy Cross to Miller in Pearl Harbor in May of 1942. Miller was also the first African American to receive the Navy Cross. The Navy Cross is the United States military’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat.

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