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SAISD's Dorie Miller ES students hold Pearl Harbor Day memorial in honor of school namesake

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What:         Pearl Harbor Day memorial in honor of Dorie Miller

Who:          Students and staff of Dorie Miller Elementary School
                  Military service members

When:        Dec. 7 (Fri) – 2 p.m.

Where:       Dorie Miller Elementary, 207 Lincolnshire, 78220

Students and staff will observe Pearl Harbor Day with an event to celebrate the bravery of the first African American to be awarded the U.S. Navy Cross, Dorie Miller – after whom their school was named – for the extraordinary courage he displayed during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

“We as a school community, take pride knowing that our school was named for such a brave man,” said Dr. Christine Weiland, principal.

During the memorial event, the entire student body will sing “There You’ll Be,” a featured song on the “Pearl Harbor” movie soundtrack, recorded by Faith Hill. In that 2001 film, Miller was portrayed by actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Memorial displays also will be available for viewing and students will give a short biography of Dorie Miller, who was born in Waco, Texas and enlisted in the Navy as a mess assistant. Serving in this noncombat role, Miller responded heroically when the battleship West Virginia was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

Although African Americans were not given combat roles or weaponry training at the time, Miller defended the battleship and managed to shoot down three to four enemy aircraft before men were ordered to abandon ship.