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U.S. Navy To Name New Oiler Ship After Gay Rights Activist & Veteran Harvey Milk

July 29, 2016

The U.S. Navy plans to name a new oiler ship after dead San Francisco politician and gay rights activist Harvey Milk.

On July 14, a Congressional notification was signed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus that states it intends to name one of the ships the USNS Harvey Milk. The ship would become a part of the John Lewis-class oilers, named after civil rights activist, Rep. John Lewis. Mabus added that this class of oilers would be named after civil rights leaders.

Harvery Milk was a San Francisco politician and gay rights activist that was murdered in 1978.

Milk served in the United States Navy during the Korean War in the early 1950’s and was commissioned in 1951.  He served on the USS Kittiwake as a Diving Officer. He later served as a diving instructor at Naval Station, San Diego and was discharged from the Navy in 1955 at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.