Trump recognizes local WWII hero in Pearl Harbor Day proclamation

President Donald Trump recognized Waco World War II hero Doris Miller in his Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation Friday. (U.S. Navy photo/file)
By  | 

WASHINGTON (KWTX) President Donald Trump recognized Waco World War II hero Doris Miller in his Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day proclamation Friday.

“In one remarkable act of bravery, Doris "Dorie" Miller, a steward aboard the USS West Virginia, manned a machine gun and successfully shot down multiple Japanese aircraft despite not having been trained to use the weapon,” Mr. Trump said in the proclamation.

Miller, a U.S. Navy mess mate manned a gun on the USS West Virginia during the attack, downing as many as five enemy planes, according to some reports, although Miller himself later told officials he thought he hit just one.

Miller was awarded the Navy Cross for his gallantry, although some supporters have continued to work to try to convince the Navy to award Miller the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Miller died on Nov. 24, 1943 during the battle of the Gilbert Islands, when his ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean.

Mr. Trump’s proclamation urges federal agencies as well as organizations, groups and individuals to fly U.S. flags at half-staff Saturday “in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.”

“I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. “

On Dec. 7, 1941, Imperial Japanese warplanes attacked the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, as well as other American and British bases in the Pacific in Malaya, Hong Kong, Guam, the Philippines and Wake Island.

At Pearl Harbor, attacking from the air, Japan sank or heavily damaged eight U.S. battleships and 14 smaller ships, destroyed 200 planes and killed more than, 2,000.

The attacks pushed the U.S. into World War II.