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Oppose naming a new Navy ship after John Murtha

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus plans to honor the late Congressman John Murtha by giving his name to thenew LPD (Transport Dock Ship), to be launched in 2013. In doing so, Sec. Mabus is breaking the Navy's tradition of namingSan Antonio-class amphibious transports after American cities. He is also honoring a man who:

1) was one of the most corrupt members of the U.S. Congress, and

2) called U.S. Marines murderers who killedwomen and children "in cold blood."

Such a man does not deserve to be honored by the U.S. Navy. I respectfully ask Secretary Mabus to reconsider hisdecision.



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