Navy Cross 

Created by Congress in 1919 for “extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of duty”.

Since WWI there have been about 4,680 Navy and 2,200

Marines awarded the Navy Cross.

Second highest in precedence next to the MoH.

Navy DSC Early WWII

Navy DSC Early WWII

Doris "Dorie" Miller, Messmen Third ClassDoris "Dorie" Miller, Messmen Third Class. Noted for his bravery during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross. During the attack, Miller tended a 50 cal. Browning when the original gunner was killed. He stood his ground and fired until all ammunition was depleted. Nearly two years later, he was killed in action when USS Liscome Bay was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Makin.