The U.S. Navy will name its fourth Ford-class aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, an iconic World War II sailor recognized for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack, according to reports in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser and U.S. Naval Institute News.

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly is expected to announce the naming of CVN-81 during a ceremony on Monday in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, according to USNI. Two of Miller's nieces are expected to be there, according to the Star-Advertiser.

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Yeoman (Submarines) 2nd Class Ryan Smith plays "Taps" on the bugle during a memorial service in the National Naval Aviation Museum at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Dec. 19, 2019 (Navy photo/Chief Mass Communication Specialist David Holmes)

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Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Masel and Staff Sgt. Samuel Mullins weren't carrying any weapons when they heard gunfire inside a building on their Florida base last month. Still, they ran inside, planning to confront the shooter.

As they charged toward the sound of gunfire, the Marines pulled a fire extinguisher off the wall and prepared to fight. Navy Airman Ryan Blackwell was inside the building when the Dec. 6 attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola started. The gunman, a Saudi officer who was training at the base, shot him five times through an office window.

Despite his injuries, Blackwell jumped on top of another sailor to shield her from the gunfire. He then helped lead the other sailors to safety -- all while continuing to take fire.

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Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) received awards during a ceremony held at Liberty chapel Jan. 9. (U.S. Army/Spc. Jose Vargas)

A group of elite Green Berets has received dozens of combat awards, including three Silver Stars, for their "valorous actions" during a 2018 deployment to Afghanistan, the Army announced on Thursday.

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A de Havilland DH 98 Mosquito at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Just shy of 80 years ago — a lifetime by many people's standards —Thomas Horton trained to fly in a bomber made of balsa wood.

Yes, that wood: The lighter-than-air material you buy in pre-punched sheets to assemble your kids' toy gliders, the wood that sinks to the thickness of a saltine when you step on it.

Horton flew three generations of the World War II wooden aircraft, formally titled a de Havilland DH 98, but nicknamed the Mosquito, in 111 missions over Germany. And nearly 80 years after he left New Zealand to do it, his native country bestowed its service medal on him.

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jack Brodie Farris Jr. (U.S. Army photo)

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jack Brodie Farris Jr., who led ground forces in the U.S. invasion of Grenada in 1983, died in his native Charlotte, North Carolina, on Dec. 14 after a long illness. He was 84.

The graduate of Myers Park High School and The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, entered the Army as an infantry officer. His 33-year military career took him to Vietnam, where he served as a battalion commander, South Korea and the Pentagon.

"He's always been an achiever," said a second cousin, Charlotte attorney Ray Farris Jr.

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