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Felids, colloquially referred to as cats, are members of the mammal family Felidae in the order Carnivora. The term "cat" refers both to felids in general and specifically to domestic cats. The characteristic features of cats have evolved to support a carnivorous lifestyle, with adaptations for ambush or stalking and short pursuit hunting. Felidae comprises two subfamilies, the Pantherinae and the Felinae. The former includes the five Panthera species, the tiger (pictured), lion, jaguar, leopard, and snow leopard. The subfamily Felinae includes 12 genera and 34 species, such as the bobcat, caracal, cheetah, cougar, ocelot, and common domestic cat. Traditionally, five subfamilies have been distinguished within the Felidae based on phenotypical features: the Felinae, the Pantherinae, the Acinonychinae (cheetahs), the extinct Machairodontinae, and the extinct Proailurinae. (Full list...)

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Doris Miller

Doris Miller (1919–1943) was an American sailor in the United States Navy. He was awarded the Navy Cross, seen here just after being presented to him, for manning an anti-aircraft gun during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, a role for which he had no training, and for tending the wounded. He was the first black American to be awarded the Navy Cross, and his actions were heavily publicized in the black press, making him an iconic emblem of the war for black Americans. Nearly two years later, he was killed in action when on board USS Liscome Bay when it was sunk by a Japanese submarine during the Battle of Makin.

Photograph credit: United States Navy; restored by Coffeeandcrumbs

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