H.R. 4199, To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco, Texas, as the “Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”

H.R. 4199

To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco, Texas, as the “Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”

Date
June 17, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4199, To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco, Texas, as the “Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center,under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 4199 was introduced on March 11, 2014 by Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) and was referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4199 designates the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco, Texas as the “Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.”

Background

“Petty Officer Doris Miller served in the U.S. Navy from 1939-1943.  He was assigned to the USS West Virginia as a mess attendant.  While under heavy enemy fire during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Miller rescued Captain Mervyn Bennion, who had been mortally wounded, and then manned an anti-aircraft machine gun.  He returned fire upon the enemy until he was out of ammunition and reportedly downed one to three enemy planes.  In the final moments before the ship sank, Miller continued his heroism by carrying many of his wounded shipmates to safety and saving the lives several sailors in the process.”[1]

Miller subsequently served on the USS Liscome Bay, losing his life when the vessel was struck by a Japanese submarine on November 24, 1943.[2]  For his service, Miller received the Navy Cross, “marking the first time an African American would receive the second highest military decoration for valor.”[3]  He also received a Purple Heart Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.[4]

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[1] Flores Introduces Bill to Name Waco VA Hospital After Dorie Miller (Mar. 17, 2014).
[2] Id.
[3] Id.
[4] Id.

Cost

A cost estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.