WASHINGTON, D.C. —LGBT rights icon, Harvey Milk, will be honored posthumously with the naming of a U.S. Navy ship.
A congressional notification signed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said that the Navy will name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO 206).
The American Military Partner Association President Ashley Broadway Mack said, “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, 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 came from a naval family and he was commissioned in the service in 1951. During his tour in the Korean War he served as a diving officer in San Diego, Calif. on the Kittiwake, a submarine rescue ship until 1955. He was a lieutenant junior grade when he was honorably discharged from service.
Upon his death due to a gun shot wound he received by an anti-gay assailant in San Francisco, Calif. where he served on the city’s board of supervisors, he wore his U.S. Navy Master Diver belt buckle, the USNI News reported.