In WW 1 & 2 Black Americans were considered for the only the most menial of duties in the armed forces. In the US Navy, our black ancestors were regulated to mess or kitchen duty. The couldn't wear the sailor's anchors on their uniforms. The US Navy was the last of America's Armed Forces to integrate the sailors.
Black men were considered incapable of being effective soldiers, as a matter of fact, many whites considered black enlisted were considered inferior mentally and cowardly in the face of battle.
Well on December 7, 1941, Doris "Dorie" Miller proved those white bigoted officers, soldiers, and sailors wrong. Spend a few moments reliving that day when Messman Doris "Dorie" Miller proved that in the face of battle a black man could step up and serve a nation that had no respect for his color or courage. The courageous effort Doris "Dorie" Miller provided in saving his shipmates and commanding officer from harm was deserving of the highest of military honors. Doris "Dorie" Miller wasn't trained in any military armaments, yet he took command of one of the ship's guns and showed unbelievable courage. Doris "Dorie" Miller also took down a few of the Japanese enemy planes that morning during Japan's surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Whoever may have discounted the courage of black men and women serving our nation were proven wrong that Sunday morning. Doris "Dorie" Miller had to return to the lower decks and mess duty even after he proved his measure as a leader of men. There were no officer's bars given to Dorie Miller, he did receive the Navy Cross for the courage he exhibited on December 7, 1942. Doris "Dorie" Miller died in the South Pacific on November 24, 1943, when the ship he was stationed on the Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Makin Island. There was no great celebrations honor this black hero, just a memorial service in Waco, Texas on April 30, 1944.
Can someone tell me why after 77 years Doris "Dorie" Miller hasn't received the Congressional Medal of Honor?