Dorie MIller, a messman in the U.S. Navy was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic deeds at Pearl Harbor (1st African American to be awarded the Navy Cross). ALL HE DID The Morning of Pearl Harbor Bombing was carry wounded sailors to safer locations, move his injured Captain (the Captain refused to leave his post & remained until his death), load machine guns, take control of one & began firing at Japanese planes (He HAD NO TRAINING IN OPERATING ONE). He fired until he ran out of ammunition.
Staff Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr. is a United States Marine who was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions in which he rescued two fellow Marines during an enemy ambush in Iraq in 2004. McDade, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, received the Department of the Navy’s second highest award for valor while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division.
May 27, 1942: DORIS MILLER BECOMES FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO RECEIVE NAVY CROSS - Doris "Dorie" Miller, a cook aboard the USS West Virginia, becomes the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross for displaying "extraordinary courage and disregard for his own personal safety" during Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.