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Navy Plans To Name Ship After Gay San Francisco Official Slain 38 Years Ago



The first openly gay elected official in California will be memorialized by having the U.S. Navy name one of its ships after him, according to new reports.

A July 14 notice obtained by the U.S. Naval Institute’s news service indicated the Navy will name a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler after Harvey Milk, a Navy veteran who served on the San Francisco City Council until shot dead in 1978 by another city official. Milk was wearing his Navy belt buckle at the time he was killed.

Reactions on Twitter were less than favorable to the news.


Navy to name ship after gay man who is mostly famous because he was shot, but otherwise had few major achievementshttps://news.usni.org/2016/07/28/navy-name-ship-gay-rights-activist-harvey-milk 

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Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk - USNI News

The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News. The July 14, 2016 notification,...

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Some noted that the current administration was more interested in using the military to be politically correct than protecting the nation.


this current administration thinks the military is a joke...new#navy ship to be named after "gay rights" clown.https://news.usni.org/2016/07/28/navy-name-ship-gay-rights-activist-harvey-milk 

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Navy to Name Ship After Gay Rights Activist Harvey Milk - USNI News

The Navy is set to name a ship after the gay rights icon and San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, according to a Congressional notification obtained by USNI News. The July 14, 2016 notification,...

news.usni.org

Some wondered about the impact of the ship’s name on the morale of its crew.


Milk’s family had been pushing for a ship to memorialize the veteran for several years.

“This action by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy will further send a green light to all the brave men and women who serve our nation that honesty, acceptance and authenticity are held up among the highest ideals of our military,” Milk’s nephew, Stuart Milk, told San Diego LGBT Weekly in 2012.

The fleet of ships the USNS Harvey Milk will join includes ships named after Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, abolitionist Sojourner Truth and former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.

h/t: TheBlaze

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