SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The late gay rights leader Harvey Milk already has schools, streets and parks named in his honor. Soon, a U.S. Navy ship will join the list.
A Navy official said Friday that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus notified Congress this month that a new fleet of replenishment oilers will be named for Milk and five other civil rights icons.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because a public announcement is expected soon.
More than two decades before he became one of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office, Milk spent four years in the Navy.
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He was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors when a former political colleague assassinated him and Mayor George Moscone.
Other ship name honorees include abolitionist Sojourner Truth, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, and Georgia congressman John Lewis.