More than 60,000 U.S. Navy sailors died in World War II alone, yet the Navy has chosen to name its newest ship for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served four years in the Navy before being forced out, supposedly for being homosexual.
To put the “woke” frosting on the cake, the oiler USNS Harvey Milk was christened on Nov. 6 by former Navy officer Paula M. Neira, clinical program director for the John Hopkins Center for Transgender Health.
Now America’s enemies can tremble with fear at the Navy’s embrace of man-on-man love.
One of the first openly gay candidates elected to public office, Milk was serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978 when a former colleague, Dan White, shot him and Mayor George Moscone to death at City Hall.
The notion that Milk was discharged from the Navy for being gay didn’t take off until 2020, some 42 years after his death. It was uncovered by the Bay Area Reporter, a gay newspaper, but even that article simply said that he left the Navy with an “other than honorable discharge.”
A biography of Milk states that he “eventually reached the rank of junior lieutenant before his honorable discharge in 1955.”
The liberal New Yorker disputed the claim that Milk was kicked out of the Navy for being gay in a 1986 article, and even stated Milk “later claimed to have been dishonorably discharged, as many homosexuals were, but this was not true; restive under the discipline, he simply left the Navy after four years.”
Author and historian Lillian Faderman wrote in Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death (2018):
“I found the honorable discharge certificate and found no reason to doubt it.”
It is possible to reverse such discharges, but Stuart Milk, nephew of Milk as well as co-founder and president of the Harvey Milk Foundation, said it is important not to do that for his late uncle, so that his victimhood can be preserved.