Five African American War Heroes
As the main cook aboard the battleship West Virginia during World War II, Doris Miller was a Navy man who didn't see as much action as his peers. However, all that changed on December 7, 1941. During what is now the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, Miller was assigned to grab wounded sailors and bring them to safety. With no previous training, Miller also fired anti-aircraft machine guns at overhead Japanese planes. His heroic efforts were portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr,. in the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor.