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Elementary school named after Pearl Harbor hero holds memorial service

Elementary school named after Pearl Harbor hero holds memorial service

Friday, December 7, is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and a local elementary school named in honor of a Texas hero from that day will hold a memorial service Friday afternoon.

On December 7th, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy bombed the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii. It was a preemptive action to keep the U.S. Pacific fleet from interfering with Japan's planned military actions in Southeast Asia. Eight U.S. Navy battleships were damaged in the strike with four ships sinking and more than 2,400 Americans were killed.

Students and staff at Dorie Miller Elementary are celebrating the first African American to be awarded the U.S. Navy Cross, Dorie Miller -- after whom their school was named.

When pearl harbor was attacked, despite having no training, the Waco native manned anti-aircraft guns and he shot down three to four enemy aircraft.

For his actions, Miller is being honored on this day.

“We as a school community, take pride knowing that our school was named for such a brave man.” said Principal Dr. Christine Weiland.


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