May. 27, 2017

You'd Better Ask Somebody, Shut Out, Dorie Miller

As we begin this Memorial Day week with the threats all around us of continued international and national conflicts. As many folks feel we are on the precipice of a global military encounter. Today, I pray for peace and remembrance. There was a time after the end of Reconstruction that my black ancestors were shut completely out of society simply because of the color of their skins. Every sector of our military forces, Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard were segregated. This racist edict terminated even the handing of medals of valor to those of my ancestors who valiantly fought to protect the freedoms and rights that were denied in the major World War conflicts from 1900 to 1948. Absolutely no Congressional Medal of Honors was awarded to a black person during either World War 1 or World War 2. Well, today I am providing on my blog a history of the Congressional Medal of Honor as well remembering the heroic actions of Doris "Dorie" Miller on December 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor because, today, 75 years on May 27, 1942. Doris "Dorie" Miller received the Navy Cross for his valiant actions aboard the Battleship USS West Virginia. If you don't know about Dorie Miller and the plight of blacks in the military prior to President Truman's desegregation executive order in 1948. You'd better ask somebody.