US Navy ship to be named after gay rights leader Harvey Milk

The late Harvey Milk served in the United States Navy long before it was okay to be openly gay in the military. Now the Navy is planning to honor him.

Milk, a member of the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors was murdered along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone in 1978. During that time in his life, Milk had become an outspoken advocate for gay rights and was the first openly gay person elected to office in California.

Now, he is about to get a posthumous honor we doubt he would ever have dreamed possible - the Navy is naming a ship after him.

The tanker, which is part of a series of ships named after civil rights leaders, will be named the USNS Harvey Milk. The tanker is a planned Military Sealift Command fleet John Lewis class oiler (T-AO-206). 

Milk, whose parents both served in the Navy, joined the Navy during the Korean War and served as a diving officer on a submarine rescue ship.

By the way…Milk was wearing his U.S. Navy Diver's belt buckle when he was shot and killed by fellow San Francisco Supervisor Dan White.

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