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    Cook Third Class Doris Miller, USN, (1919-1943)

    "Doris ("Dorie") Miller was born in Waco, Texas, on 12 October 1919. He enlisted in the Navy in September 1939 as a Mess Attendant Third Class. On 7 December 1941, while serving aboard USS West Virginia (BB-48), he distinguished himself by courageous conduct and devotion to duty during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions on this occasion.

    Doris Miller served aboard USS Indianapolis (CA-35) from December 1941 to May 1943. He was then assigned to the escort carrier Liscome Bay (CVE-56). Cook Third Class Miller was lost with that ship when she was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on 24 November 1943, during the invasion of the Gilbert Islands."

    This is my simple yet touching version of one of America's 1st heroes of Pearl Harbor. I've had this figure done for about 2 or 3 years now, and I think I showed him once before, but I believe it's time for him to make a comeback.

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    Very cool!!!

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    I believe Colin Powell had a painting of Dorrie Miller manning a 50 cal on his office wall when he was Chairman of the JCS
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    Another grand post for BHM'08.
    Very good bash, CC

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    Very quiet, simple and moving. Thank you for posting!
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    Thanks for the great Black History Month tribute. Dorie Miller is a true American hero.

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    He is also depicted briefly in the 1969 movie 'Tora, Tora, Tora' and also the more recent 'Pearl Harbour', played by Cuba Gooding Jnr. It is a real shame he didn't survive the war - they are indeed, 'The Greatest Generation'.

    BTW, has anyone made a naval .50 cal mount? I thought I recall one manaufacturer having done so ...

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    thanks guys. I remember the Cuba Gooding role as him, even though I don't remember them saying his name.

    CC

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    Very cool Black History Month tribute to an American Hero!!!
    RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!

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    thanks, Rangerg282.

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    Wow, very cool CC! Another great tribute and no doubt a true hero!
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    I like that you've portrayed him in his Service Dress Whites, with his Navy Cross. It's a good counterpoint to the portrayals of his actions at Pearl Harbor. Beautifully done, Cortney.




    Quote Originally Posted by filupe View Post
    BTW, has anyone made a naval .50 cal mount? I thought I recall one manaufacturer having done so ...
    It was called the GI Joe Pearl Harbor Battleship Row Defender, and features the honkin' big water-cooled .50 cal with the large ammo bin .
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    Great tribute. Thanks for sharing.

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    Very well done CC I never knew what happened to him after his heroism at Pearl, makes me sad he didn't see the end of the war that he saw begin all around him on that fateful morning.
    Great tribute, thanks for sharing him with us again.
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    thanks guys. The Battleship row figure is the one that I got the uniform from also. It is a shame that he didn't get to see the end of the war.

    CC

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    Another great one, CC!! Thanks for the backgorund info, as well.



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