MILK, Harvey, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Service Branch
Last Primary NEC
00X-Unknown NOC/Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1955, Master Diver Course
Service Years
1951 - 1955
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Home Town
Woodmere N.Y.
Last Address
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Date of Passing
Nov 27, 1978
Location of Interment
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Last Known Activity
Harvey Bernard Milk
Deep Sea Diver
US Navy / Korean War

   Both of Harvey Milk's parents had served in the U.S. Navy. His mother, Minerva Karns, was an early feminist activist who joined the Yeomanettes, a group agitating for the inclusion of women in the US Navy during World War I.  His father, William Milk, served on a sub crew during the war.

   After earning his degree from
New York State College for Teachers in Albany, in 1951, Harvey entered the U. S. Navy where he served on active duty during the Korean War. He trained as a deep-sea diver, and advanced to the rank of chief petty officer on the U.S.S. Kittiwake (ASR-13).

   Commissioned an ensign in late 1953, he was transferred to Naval Station at San Diego to serve as a diving instructor. In 1955, he was discharged from the Navy at the rank of lieutenant, junior grad
e. Milk was proud of his military service, and wore a brass belt buckle bearing his Navy diver's insignia until the day he died.

In August 2009, President Barack Obama posthumously awarded Milk the Presidential Medal of

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States and is—along with the comparable Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by an act of U.S. Congress—the highest civilian award in the United States.

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  1952-1953, USS Kittiwake (ASR-13)

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USS Kittiwake (ASR-13)
Hull number ASR-13

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Last Updated: Jun 6, 2018
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In 1947 Milk entered New York State College for Teachers in Albany, New York. After earning his degree in 1951, Milk joined the navy. He served as a chief petty officer on a submarine rescue ship during the Korean War in which American forces aided the South Korean fight against North Korea. 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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