The U.S. Navy is expected to name a
ship after Harvey Milk.
The U.S. Naval Institute News
reported that U.S Navy Secretary Ray Mabus earlier this month signed
a notification that he intends to name a fleet oiler the USNS Harvey
Milk was the first openly gay elected
official of a major U.S. City. He was elected to the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors in 1977 on a pledge to back gay and lesbian
rights. The following year, Milk was killed by Dan White, a former
The ship has yet to be built, a process
that could take years.
Milk served in the Navy during the
Korean War aboard the USS Kittiwake, a submarine rescue ship.
years ago, a U.S. postage stamp was dedicated to the memory of
Milk. In May, Salt
Lake City renamed a street after the civil rights leader.