Navy Names Newest Ship After LGBTQ Activist Harvey Milk

by on 17/08/16 at 9:37 am

The ship's first trip will be to sail up the Ying Yang and recover lost Navy items.

The ship’s first trip will be to sail up the Ying Yang and recover lost Navy items.

Washington, DC – (

The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served in the Navy for four years before he began a career in San Francisco city government. Milk is also remembered as a man who preyed upon young men. Some as young as 14 or 15.

Aptly named Rear Admiral Ben Dover said Tuesday that Milk displayed tremendous courage fighting for the rights of the LGBT community. The ship is one of a new fleet of replenishment oilers, also known as’lube ships’that will be built in San Diego.

Milk’s career as a Navy officer, however, ended with an “other than honorable” discharge, due to allegations of fraternization with enlisted personnel namely young males.

Some argue that Milk was forced out of the military because he was gay. Others claim he was forced out because he was a lousy sailor and hated water. A defense official said Tuesday that Milk accepted the other than honorable discharge to avoid possible disciplinary action….His old team members remember him as a real shitty officer!

Fraternization with enlisted personnel by an officer is against military regulations — whether they are the same or different genders. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The ban on gays serving openly in the U.S. military was formally ended in September 2011.

Milk garnered notoriety as the first openly gay candidates elected to public office. He was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978 when a former political colleague, Dan White, assassinated him and Mayor George Moscone at City Hall. White later claimed it was pay back for a ‘wedgie’ Milk playfully gave him before he had to go on stage to speak.

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