cesar chavezThe United States Navy has reportedly decided to name a Lewis and Clark-class cargo ship after the late Latino labor organizer Cesar Chavez. The decision, which is expected to be formally announced today, has caused no small amount of controversy.
Congressman Duncan Hunter, R-California, has objected to the Navy's decision. In a statement released by his office, the congressman wrote, "Naming a ship after Cesar Chavez goes right along with other recent decisions by the Navy that appears to be more about making a political statement than upholding the Navy's history and tradition."
Hunter went on to argue that it makes more sense to honor Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, "who was nominated for the Medal of Honor for action in Iraq--or WWII Medal of Honor recipient John Finn, a lifelong San Diego resident."Read More »from Navy’s plan to honor Cesar Chavez irks lawmaker