By David Vandygriff
United States Navy is taking a stand for LGBT sailors. The next naval ship will be named after gay rights activist and slain San Francisco politician Harvey Milk.
Harvey Milk served as a diving officer during the Korean War on a submarine rescue ship Kittiwake. Milk came from a Navy family and honorable served in the US Navy as a lieutenant junior grade.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, July 14th memo indicated the intentions of naming a Military Sealift Command fleet oiler the USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206).
The USNS Harvey Milk will become the second named in honor of a civil rights leader. John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO was the first to honor a civil rights leader in American history.
Other ships will be named for late Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, whose court ruled to desegregate U.S. schools, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, women’s right activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.