[113th Congress Public Law 256]
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Public Law 113-256
113th Congress

                                 An Act


 
   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, 
        Texas.
            (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 
        Pacific Ocean.
            (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, 
                    WACO, TEXAS.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Waco, Texas, 
shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known

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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:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
            June 17, considered and passed House.
            Dec. 9, considered and passed Senate.

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