The U.S. Navy was set to name a ship after San Francisco LGBT rights icon Harvey Milk, according to a Naval Institute website.

USNI News cited a congressional notification it obtained, signed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, as saying the second in a new class of fleet oiler ship would be named USNS Harvey Milk. An oiler is a combat logistics ship that can replenish other ships with fuel, ammunition and other supplies while underway.

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U.S. Navy portrait of then Ens. Harvey Milk. (U.S. Navy)

U.S. Navy portrait of then Ens. Harvey Milk. (U.S. Navy)

The John Lewis-class of ships, named for longtime civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), will be named after other civil rights leaders. Others in the class still to be built include former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren whose court desegregated U.S. schools, Robert F. Kennedy, and women’s rights activist Lucy Stone and abolitionist/women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth.

Milk was the first openly-gay politician to be elected to office in California when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. 11 months later, he and then-Mayor George Moscone were assassinated by former Supervisor Dan White inside San Francisco City Hall.

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Milk joined the Navy during the Korean War and served as a diving officer, earning an honorable discharge in 1955 having attained the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.

 

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