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War Hero Doris (Dorie) Miller

Navy to name aircraft carrier for Pearl Harbor hero Doris Miller

(This was first poster in 2008. I have updated it.)

The above poster is of Dorie Miller, who died in World War II. Here is what it says about him in Portrait of a Nation–Men and Women Who Have Shaped America:

” At the outbreak of World War II, the armed services practiced a rigid discrimination against African Americans that included a stubborn reluctance to acknowledge black capabilities, no matter how obvious. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Miller was stationed there on the West Virginia. By the time he abandoned ship, he had braved enemy fire to carry his wounded commanding officer to safety and, thought not trained for combat, had manned an antiaircraft gin, possibly downing at least one enemy plane. His bravery initially went unrecognized, however, and only after much pressure from the nation’s black press did Miller finally receive the Navy Cross. But once acknowledged, Miller’s heroism became a means, through posters such as this one, for rallying African-Americans to the war effort.”

Miller, a Texas native, was killed when the ship he serving on was sunk in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. In 1973, a navy ship was named after him.

Here is additional information on Cook Third Class Miller from the the Navy Department’s Naval Historical Center.

Beyond the men he aided and saved in Pearl Harbor, and the quality of his day-to-day service, one hopes Miller’s actions moved the United States closer to full equality of all people.

The artist of the above poster was David Stone Martin (1913-1992) who drew posters, magazine covers, and album covers. This link to the blog LP Cover Lover is one of many the creative covers that Stone drew for jazz albums.

The Portrait of a Nation is a first-rate book. It was produced by the National Portrait Gallery

Doris Miller should get the Medal of Honor.

By |2020-12-08T00:06:23-04:00December 7th, 2020|Books, Military|5 Comments

A couple of things – Fats, MLB, JFK

Fats Domino was unique talent. It was only after I read his obituary that I really figured out how big Fats Domino truly was (no pun intended). This guy ruled the 50s like no one else. He was second only to Elvis Presley in record sales. That’s incredible. Yet, by the time that I came of age and started listening to music and buying music on my own, Fats Domino was not even in the picture. Yes, I knew all the words to Blueberry Hill and I knew the melody to Ain’t that a Shame and I’m Walkin’ but that’s it. Now, if you slow down and pay attention, you can hear Fats Domino in a lot of tunes like Paul McCartney’s, Lady Madonna. Rest in peace Fats. Here are 12 essential Fats tunes.

I know that there are a lot of baseball fans that wanted to see some other team but, I, for one, am happy that the best teams in baseball actually got to the big show. The Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers have been the best team in baseball since the opening pitch. They won more games and probably have the best pitching roster. And, the best part, is that they are truly showcasing great baseball. Tonight, they’re locked in the pitcher’s dual. It is a great thing to watch.

There are lots of things to distract us these days. Like, the fact that Donald Trump and Republicans continue to try to dismantle affordable healthcare for all Americans. Oh, wait, that’s important. Or possibly the fact that four Americans were killed in Niger. Hold on, we have troops in Niger? This is important also. This is not a distraction. We need to pay attention to this. Then there is the fact that Donald Trump really wants all of those JFK files released. Oh, yeah, right that’s the distraction. There probably hasn’t been an event in the last 75 to 80 years which is been more written about then the Kennedy assassination. It’s been written about from almost every angle possible except from outer space. Since the president is being so open and forthcoming, it would be nice to know why we can’t get fresh, clear drinking water in Puerto Rico? Why can’t we get an all-out effort to restore power?

By |2017-10-29T01:14:40-04:00October 28th, 2017|Military, Party Politics|Comments Off on A couple of things – Fats, MLB, JFK
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