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O’Neal to discuss Doris Miller, American hero

O’Neal to discuss Doris Miller, American hero

Panola College will celebrate Black History Month at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 in the Murphy Payne Community Room of the M.P. Baker Library. Bill O’Neal, State Historian of Texas, will present a program on Doris Miller of Waco, a hero of Pearl Harbor and the first African-American ever to be awarded the Navy Cross.

Miller was a high school footbal star and a Navy boxing champion. At Pearl Harbor he was stationed aboard the battleship West Virginia when Japanese war planes unexpectedly attacked. Miller performed with great valor and his Navy Cross was presented by a fellow Texan, Admiral Chester Nimitz of Fredericksburg.

O’Neal is the author of  a biography, Doris Miller, Hero of Pearl Harbor. He will describe Miller’s background, his career in the Navy, the attack on Pearl Harbor and the tagic death of Miller during combat in the Pacific.

A light lunch wil be served for the first 50 visitors attending. The program is free and open to the community. For additional information please call 903-693-2091 or email cferguson@panola.edu

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