The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in a memorial service for Doris “Dorie” Miller, USN WWII KIA, on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV on Friday, 07 Dec 12. 

   Dorie was a steward on the USS West Virginia who manned an anti-aircraft machine gun on deck and carried wounded soldiers to safety during the Japanese attack. Miller battled discrimination in public and in the service but became the first African-American to be awarded the Navy Cross. He was killed on Nov. 24, 1943, while serving his country. 

   West Virginia University will honor him with a plaque at a ceremony celebrating the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Oglebay Hall plaza.  

   West Virginia District Ride Captain Linda Stimmell is the RCIC of this most honorable mission.  Direct questions to her at or (304) 599-3223. 

   Staging: McDonalds, 19 Commerce Drive, Morgantown, WV ( This is exit 152 off I-79. 

   Staging time: 0945 

   KSU: 1000.  Be prepared to car-pool to the campus as parking is very limited. 

   We will maintain our flag line during the ceremony to honor Dorie’s service and sacrifice to our great Country. 

   Early weather forecast is for temperatures in the mid 50’s with a 50% chance of showers.  Please dress and travel accordingly. 

   Please make an effort to attend this most honorable of missions recognizing Dorie’s heroic actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor.




Joe Cumblidge

State Captain

West Virginia Patriot Guard