American politician and LGTBQ community icon Harvey Milk served in what branch of the U.S. military?
Milk graduated from the State University of New York in 1951 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. He went on to complete Officer Candidate School at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, and was assigned to Naval Base San Diego, where he worked as a diving instructor until 1955 when he resigned his commission. Milk left the Navy with the rank of lieutenant.
Last year, the branch announced plans to name an upcoming ship after the LGTBQ icon, who was one of the first openly gay individuals elected to public office in the U.S. Sources: Harvey Milk Foundation, NPR.
Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Politics and gay activism were not his early interests; he was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until around the age of 40, after his experiences in the counterculture of the 1960s.
The headline of The San Francisco Examiner on November 28, 1978, announced Dan White was charged with first-degree murder, and eligible for the death penalty.