WACO, Texas — Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Waco is remembering a hometown hero, 81 years after the ambush that catapulted the U.S. into WWII.
Doris Miller was a Navy cook serving onboard the battleship West Virginia during the surprise attack in 1941.
Miller grabbed a machine gun on deck and shot down several Japanese planes, saving his fellow soldiers.
He would later die in the war two years later while serving on another ship.
A ceremony will take place at 11:55 a.m. at the Doris Miller Memorial in downtown Waco at the corner of MLK and Washington, to honor Miller's sacrifices.