Text: H.R.4199 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 113-256 (12/18/2014)
[113th Congress Public Law 256]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[[Page 128 STAT. 2922]]
Public Law 113-256
To name the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco,
Texas, as the ``Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical
Center''. <<NOTE: Dec. 18, 2014 - [H.R. 4199]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress makes the following findings:
(1) On October 12, 1919, Doris Miller was born in Waco,
(2) On September 16, 1939, Miller enlisted in the United
States Navy as mess attendant, third class at Naval Recruiting
Station, Dallas, Texas, to serve for a period of six years.
(3) On February 16, 1941, Miller received a change of rating
to mess attendant, second class.
(4) On June 1, 1942, Miller received a change of rating to
mess attendant, first class.
(5) On June 1, 1943, Miller received a change of rating, to
cook, third class.
(6) On November 25, 1944, Miller was presumed dead by the
Secretary of the Navy a year and a day after being carried as
missing in action since November 24, 1943, while serving aboard
USS Liscome Bay when that vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the
(7) Miller was awarded the Navy Cross Medal, Purple Heart
Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
Medal, and World War II Victory Medal.
(8) Miller's citation for the Navy Cross said ``for
distinguished devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and
disregard for his own personal safety during the attack on the
Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces
on December 7, 1941. While at the side of his Captain on the
bridge, Miller, despite enemy strafing and bombing and in the
face of a serious fire, assisted in moving his Captain, who had
been mortally wounded, to a place of greater safety, and later
manned and operated a machine gun directed at enemy Japanese
attacking aircraft until ordered to leave the bridge.''.
(9) On June 20, 1973, the USS Miller (FF-1091), a Knox-class
frigate, was named in honor of Doris Miller.
SEC. 2. NAME OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER,
The Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco, Texas,
shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known
[[Page 128 STAT. 2923]]
and designated as the ``Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs
Medical Center''. Any reference to such medical center in any law,
regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States
shall be considered to be a reference to the Doris Miller Department of
Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Approved December 18, 2014.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 4199:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
June 17, considered and passed House.
Dec. 9, considered and passed Senate.