World War II Dorie Miller 'Above and Beyond' Poster

World War II Dorie Miller 'Above and Beyond' Poster

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This is a stunning poster of World War II, "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty -- Dorie Miller." Although the Navy was still segregated, Doris ("Dorie") Miller joined the Navy as a messman and was on board the U.S.S. West Virginia during the 7 December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Messmen received no gunnery training, but during the attack, at great personal risk, Miller took over a weapon after another man was wounded and succeeded in hitting Japanese planes. He was later awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic deeds. This poster was produced by the US Government as part of a campaign to reconcile racial tensions for the good of the war effort.

The text in lower left says,"DORIE MILLER, Received the Navy Cross at Pearl Harbor May 27, 1942".

This poster was inspired by a photo of Dorie Miller taken at the Navy Cross awards ceremony in 1942, also available in this Olive-Drab.com Gallery.

Today in WW II: 20 Apr 1945 Northern Italy: US 5th Army breaks out beyond the Apennines, into the broad Po River Valley, forcing retreat across the Po by forces of German Gen. Heinrich Von Vietinghoff.