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Dorie MIller, a messman in the U.S. Navy was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic deeds at Pearl Harbor (1st African American to be awarded the Navy Cross). ALL HE DID The Morning of Pearl Harbor Bombing was carry wounded sailors to safer locations, move his injured Captain (the Captain refused to leave his post & remained until his death), load machine guns, take control of one & began firing at Japanese planes (He HAD NO TRAINING IN OPERATING ONE). He fired until he ran out of ammunition.


Doris Miller - was a cook in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross,


Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Brevat Medal


26 March 1989: Lewis William Walt, passed away. He was a US Marine Corps officer who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His decorations included two Navy Crosses and two Distinguished Service Medals. He also served as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps, and was a four-star general when he retired. He is buried in Quantico National Cemetery. He led the attack on Aogiri Ridge during the Battle of Cape Gloucester; the ridge was renamed Walt's Ridge in his…


Dorie Miller, hero of Pearl Harbor, receiving the Navy Cross from Chester Nimitz, May 27, 1942.


Staff Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr. is a United States Marine who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in which he rescued two fellow Marines during an enemy ambush in Iraq in 2004. McDade, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, received the Department of the Navy’s second highest award for valor while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division.


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Navy Distinguished Service Cross (this country's second highest award)


The first USS Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) is underway in this undated file photo. The ship sank during the Battle off Samar on Oct. 25, 1944. Lt. Cmdr. R. W. Copeland, USNR, was in command and was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism for his actions during the battle. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command/Released)


John Basilone (November 4, 1916 – February 19, 1945) was a United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of Guadalcanal during World War II. He was the only enlisted Marine in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross.