May 27, 1942
Doris Miller was the first African American to receive the Navy Cross. Dorie was awarded the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, on board USS Enterprise (CV-6) at Pearl Harbor, 27 May 1942, for heroism on board USS West Virginia (BB-48) during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941.
Theater: Pacific Theater
Source: National Museum of the Pacific War