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House passes bill to name Waco VA Hospital after Doris Miller

WASHINGTON D.C. (KXXV) - The U.S. House of Representatives have passed a bill to name the Waco Veterans Affairs Medical Center after Doris “Dorie” Miller.

U.S. Representative Bill Flores introduced the bill to rename the Waco VA, the "Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center" in honor of one of Waco’s highly decorated World War II veterans.

Petty Officer Doris Miller served in the U.S. Navy from 1939-1943. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Miller helped rescue a number of shipmates who were wounded or trapped in wreckage. Later, he manned a 50-caliber machine gun to fire on Japanese aircraft even though he was never trained in its operation.

Miller was one of 646 sailors who died on November 24, 1943 aboard the USS Liscome Bay, when a Japanese submarine hit the carrier.

Miller was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism at Pearl Harbor. This was the first time an African American received the second highest military decoration for valor. He was also awarded a Purple Heart Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

In a release sent out by Representative Flores following the passage of the bill, he said, “Today, the House passed my bill to honor one of Central Texas’ greatest American heroes, Doris ‘Dorie’ Miller. During the attack on Pearl Harbor, Petty Officer Doris Miller rose above and beyond the call of duty for both his country and fellow man. In recognition of his heroism he was commended and awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest military decoration for valor. His actions led him to be recognized as one of the first heroes of World War II, distinguishing himself as a great African American hero in U.S. history."

The bill still has to be passed by the Senate. Flores also said he hopes Texas Senator's John Cornyn and Ted Cruz will continue their efforts to get this bill approved by the Senate.

To view the text of the bill, click here.
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