The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to
MESS ATTENDANT FIRST CLASS,
for service as set forth in the following
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Doris Miller, Mess Attendant First Class, U.S. Navy, for exceptional courage, presence of mind, and devotion to duty and disregard for his personal safety while serving on board the Battleship U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48), during the Japanese attack on the United States Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, on 7 December 1941. While at the side of his Captain on the bridge of the battleship U.S.S. WEST VIRGINIA, Mess Attendant First Class Doris Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the face of a serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain, who had been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety, and later manned and operated a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge. The conduct of Mess Attendant First Class Miller throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: 12 October 1919 in Waco, Texas… Joined Navy in 1939… Personally decorated by Adm. Nimitz aboard USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor on 27 May 1942… Killed in action when his ship, the escort carrier USS Liscome Bay was sunk by an enemy submarine during the Battle of Makin on 24 November 1943