Waco: Doris Miller flag raising ceremony rescheduled for Thursday

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A flag raising ceremony originally scheduled for Pearl Harbor Day Friday at Waco’s Doris Miller Memorial has been moved up to Thursday afternoon because of the weather threat.

The ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bledsoe-Miller Community Center at 300 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd. in Waco.

The dedication ceremony will be held as scheduled at noon Friday inside the commujnity center.

The 9-foot-tall, 700-pound bronze statue of the hometown World War II hero, created by sculptor Eddie Dixon of Lubbock, was unveiled on Dec. 7, 2017 on the banks of the Brazos River.

But a second phase of work remained on the 170-foot-by-30-foot memorial with two slanted walls shaped like the hull of a battleship, with the statue of Miller near the bow.

Miller was a mess mate on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

During the attack he manned a gun he had never been trained to use, 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.

The Navy commissioned a ship, the USS Miller, in his honor in 1973.

The ship was decommissioned in 1991.