Local 10-Year-Old Salutes Doris Miller

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By Fox 8 Staff Writers

All month long we are celebrating Black History Month, and today we honor a true American hero.

Ten-year-old John Fabery from Collins, Ohio contacted Fox 8 about Doris Miller.

Miller was a cook aboard the USS West Virginia in 1941 when the ship was attacked in Pearl Harbor.

He manned a machine gun with no experience and risked his life to save the lives of his captain.

He was the first black man to receive the medal of honor and the purple heart for his bravery.

Miller died in 1943 on a submarine that went missing.

John calls Doris Miller his hero, and says his bravery is the reason he wants to join the U.S. Navy one day.

Fox 8 News would like to thank John for his email, and we join him in saluting Doris Miller.

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