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12:39 pm
Tue December 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor Hero Played By Cuba Gooding Jr. Was From Waco

Doris Miller of Waco is shown here just after being presented with the Navy Cross on board USS Enterprise at Pearl Harbor in May 1942. The medal was awarded for heroism on board USS West Virginia during the Pearl Harbor attack on Decemeber 7, 1941.
Image courtesy National Archives

Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, and one of the celebrated American sailors who fought the surprise Japanese attack on the US Naval Base was from the Central Texas town of Waco.

War historians will have to pardon the pop culture training wheels, but many people may know Doris Miller best from Cuba Gooding Jr.'s portrayal of the Pearl Harbor hero in the 2001 film about the attack.

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