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Each week The Weekly Fight recognizes a Veteran's service and his/hers impact in their community. Help us recognize a Veteran that you may know or that has influenced the lives of others.
THIS WEEK'S HERO
Doris (Dorie) Miller
Doris (Dorie) Miller, hero of World War II, was born Doris Miller in Waco, Texas, on October 12, 1919, the son of sharecroppers Connery and Henrietta Miller. Miller entered A. J. Moore High School in Waco and became the school’s star fullback. As the third of four sons in a family engaged in subsistence farming, he was forced to drop out of school. He supplemented the family income by working as a cook in a small restaurant in Waco during the Great Depression.
Less than a month before his twentieth birthday, Miller enlisted in the United States Navy at its Dallas recruiting station. Following bootcamp training in Norfolk, Virginia, he was assigned to the USS West Virginia as a messman.
On December 7, 1941, Mess Attendant Second Class Doris Miller was collecting soiled laundry just before 8:00 A.M. When the first bombs blasted his ship at anchor in Pearl Harbor, Miller went to the main deck where he assisted in moving the mortally wounded captain.
He then raced to an unattended deck gun and fired at the attacking planes until forced to abandon ship. It was Miller’s first experience firing such a weapon because black sailors serving in the segregated steward’s branch of the navy were not given the gunnery training received by white sailors. Although news stories have credited Miller with downing from two to five airplanes, these accounts have never been verified and are almost certainly apocryphal. Miller himself told Navy officials he thought he hit one of the planes. Navy officials conferred the Navy Cross upon Miller on May 27, 1942, in a ceremony at Pearl Harbor.
Following a Christmas leave in 1942, when he saw his home and family in Waco for the last time, Miller reported to duty aboard the aircraft carrier Liscome Bay (or Liscomb Bay) as a mess attendant, first class. During the battle of the Gilbert Islands, on November 24, 1943, his ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Pacific Ocean, and Miller perished.
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To forge a bond between Veterans and the community
to maximize their civilian potential.
The Weekly Fight was created to help promote healthy lifestyle through Camaraderie, Mission and Purpose. We are determined to reduce Veteran suicide by teaching Veterans how to transition and turn Post Traumatic Stress into Post Traumatic Growth.
With our partners The Weekly Fight provides free workouts to Veterans, First Responders and their Family Members. We stress the family unit and partner relationships because Post Traumatic Stress not only effects the Veteran but the family as well. At these weekly workouts we dedicate the WOD to a Veteran. Sometimes it is a local Veteran that can come in and share his experience, other times it is a Veteran that has gained national or local attention. We do this to help break the stigma and show the contributions Veterans are making to their communities.
We welcome civilians to our workouts which helps bridge the Veteran and civilian divide. This gives Veterans an opportunity to be in an environment that is supportive and has likeminded individuals. The military mindset of everyone suffers together is a perfect fit with the CrossFit community. Our workouts are always partner or team based to help build that camaraderie. Result shared pain brings people together.
Our business model focuses on three pillars
Education – At our workouts the Veteran and Chapter President will shall experiences, discuss trauma and how they turned their lives around. We have also held several “Trauma Panels” at West Chester University where we discuss what Trauma is, with both Veterans and civilians.
Crisis Management Fund – Used to assist Veterans in need of financial support.
Scholarship Fund – Used to help the surviving children of Post Traumatic Stress fund their higher education.
We are currently located at Fire for Effect Athletics in Manayunk, CrossFit Inspire in Frazier, PA, CrossFit Uncompromised in Lancaster, PA, CrossFit Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware, CrossFit Petram in Middletown, Delaware, CrossFit Batcave in York, PA and CrossFit Thunder Hill in Oxford, PA.