Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 10 years ago

Men and honor and pearl harbor....?

Are those two movies supposed to relate to each other or something ? Because in pearl harbor that black guy had the same story the main character of men of honor had ? So why is that?

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  • Gerry
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    10 years ago
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    the movie "Men of Honor" was a story based on the true life events of one Master Chief Petty Officer Carl Brashear. Chief Brashear entered the U.S. Navy in 1948 and would retire from the U.S. Navy in 1979. He would then go on and remain as a Federal Civilian employee with the U.S. Navy until 1993. Quite a story here and he is quite an American hero regardless of his race; most importantly he served his country superbly and is an inspiration to many Americans today.

    The movie "Pearl Harbor" is another matter entirely. The film is what is known as a "Historical Drama" and though the story line of main events (predominantly the attack at the U.S. Navy port of Pearl Harbor Hawaii and the attack at nearby Hickam USAAF Field - now USAF Base and U.S. Army Schofield Barracks) is another matter entirely. The part of the story that is correct and that does provide justice is the one that incorporated the events of one 2nd Class Petty Officer Doris "Dorie" Miller (see the link below). Petty Officer Miller was assigned to the USS West Virginia (BB-48), he not only managed to save crew members and attend to his mortally wounded Captain; he successfully is credited with shooting down a Jap Zero during the attack. The amazing thing here of course is that because he was African American his only opportunity in the (then) U.S. Navy was that of messman. He never officially trained on the .50 calibre machine gun but he shot the machine gun, took down a Jap Zero, attended to men and Captain and then abandoned ship only when ordered to do so. He would receive the Navy Cross from Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz himself on May 27th, 1942. There are those that would like to see this medal upgraded to a Congressional Medal of Honor - I am one of those and as a Marine (no longer in uniform) I will be happy if one day the U.S. Government recognizes Petty Officer Dorie Miller's contribution on a grander scale. The Navy Cross is nothing to shake a stick at however.

    Unfortunately, Petty Officer Miller would be KIA aboard the USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) on 24 November 1943. Never found he was presumed dead on 25 November 1944. This was a great loss; however, his memory lives on at the Miller Family Park located on the U.S. Naval Base, Pearl Harbor.

    Hope this helps ~ Semper Fidelis,


    Edit: As another note to "Pearl Harbor". The role played by Alec Baldwin of Lt.Col. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle was quite unsettling to the Doolittle family. The family was upset with all the foul language. General Doolittle died in 1993; however, he always felt that Spencer Tracey who played Lt.Col. Doolittle in "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" did a fantastic job and most closely represented what he himself did and how he conducted himself as a U.S. Army Officer. General Doolittle was extemely instrumental in the development of Aircraft before, during, and after WW II. He also commanded the 8th USAAF in England from January 1944 - to VE Day; he was later transferred to the Pacific and witnessed the surrender of the Japanese Imperial Forces on board the USS Missouri (BB-63) in September of 1945.

    Source(s): Petty Officer Doris "Dorie" Miller: MCPO Carl Brashear:
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Petty Officer Doris Miller

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