Wreath laid at Doris Miller Memorial for Navy Week

WACO, Texas - The U.S. Navy honored one of their greatest modern heroes in Waco on Wednesday morning.

Sailors laid a wreath at the statue of Doris Miller, who served in the Navy during World War II and became the first African-American awarded the U.S. Navy Cross for his heroism at Pearl Harbor.  

"A very powerful man with great courage," says Chief of Naval Air Training Jay Bynum. "When he was called upon for his time and his challenge [on] December 7, 1941, he stopped doing his menial job of laundry and sprang into action. And was recognized for that great service to save his ship and to save his shipmates above and beyond what was expected."

A memorial is being built in Miller's honor, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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