Bill O'Neal presents Doris Miller

Dorrie Miller lecture presentation

During the February Lunchbox lecture at Panola College Dr. Bill O’Neal presented the story of Doris "Dorie" Miller who was a cook in the United States Navy noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross. Miller's acts were heavily publicized in the black press, making him the iconic emblem of the war for blacks—their "Number One Hero"—thereby energizing black support for the war effort against a colored Japanese enemy.