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#4443a Distinguished Sailors, Block of Four

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  • William S. Sims, a reformer and rear admiral in World War I, and also a Pulitzer Prize winner for his anthology, "Victory at Sea;"
  • Arleigh A. Burke, a top destroyer commander in World War II, who was nicknamed "30-Knot Burke;"
  • John McCloy, who joined the Merchant Marines at age 15, then enlisted in the Navy on the eve of the Spanish American War; and
  • Doris "Dorie" Miller, one of the first American heroes of World War II. An African-American able to enlist in the Navy only as a mess attendant, during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Miller carried wounded shipmates to safety, including the captain of his ship, then manned a 50-caliber machine gun, despite having no training in its operation. He was the most recognized sailor of World War II. He was personally awarded the Navy Cross by Adm. Chester Nimitz. Dorie Miller was Killed in Action later in the War.


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