U.S. Navy to Name Ship After Harvey Milk

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The U.S. Navy will name a ship after LGBT rights icon Harvey Milk.

The ship will be a part of a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler and be named USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206), according to USNI News.
In January, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabaus named a ship after John Lewis, a civil rights activist and congressman. That ship and the Milk ship will be a part of six new “fleet replenishment oilers.” All of them will be named after civil rights leaders.
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“Harvey Milk is an American hero and an icon for LGBT equality, and it's phenomenal that the U.S. Navy is going to honor his legacy by naming a ship after him," said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack. "Harvey Milk's incredible leadership in the face of adversity continues to inspire all of us in our ongoing fight for full LGBT equality. By breaking down barriers and fighting for the dignity and worth of all Americans, he left behind an example for all of us in his service to our nation, both in and out of uniform."
Milk was commissioned to the Navy in 1951, working as a diving officer during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged as a lieutenant junior grade.
Later, he became the first openly gay politician to be elected to office in California as a member of the San Francisco board of supervisors.
Milk was assassinated while in office in 1978.
Other ships in the fleet include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, famous for the case that struck down legal school segregation; women's rights activist Lucy Stone; Sojourner Truth, who escaped slavery in 1826 and traveled the country as a rights activist; and Robert F. Kennedy, the attorney general, and brother of President Kennedy who pushed for civil rights before he was assassinated in 1968.


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