On December 7, 1941, when the Japanese made their infamous surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, a black cook, took over a machine gun aboard the USS West Virginia and became one of the first heroes of World War II. This sailor dragged the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. Bennion out of the line of fire, and then manned the ship’s machine gun firing at attacking Japanese aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge.
This African American received the Navy Cross on May 27, 1942 for his extraordinary courage in battle.
Q: Who was he?