In The Navy

Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became openly gay person to be elected to public office in , when he won a seat on the an Francisco Board of Supervisors.

On November 27, 1978, Milk and Mayor George Moscone was assassinated by Dan White, another city supervisor who had recently resigned but wanted his job back.

Milk joined the United States Navy during the Korean War. He served aboard the submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR-13) as a diving officer. He later transferred to Naval Station, San Diego to serve as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grade.

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Ensign Harvey Milk

 In July,Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, indicated he intended to name a planned Military Sealift Command fleet oiler  USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship would be the second of the John Lewis-class oilers being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

In certain corners of the navy, hilarity has ensued over this decision.  Here’s why:

Refueling at Sea

You can watch the entire process here.  This isn’t easy to pull off.

 

 

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