Photo of Mess Attendant 2nd Class and Petty Officer 2nd Class Freddie White

The 75th commemoration of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and other U.S. military facilities on Oahu is an opportunity for us to honor the courage, service and sacrifice of the U.S. military personnel present during the attacks.

Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris Miller was one of them. Petty Officer 2nd Class Freddie White shares how Miller’s toughness, accountability, integrity and initiative on Dec. 7, 1941, has influenced him.

U.S. Navy video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Johans Chavarro

Learn more about Miller’s life and his actions that earned him the Navy Cross.