Everyone on that list was either a founder, member of congress, First Lady or distinguished veteran, and all of them were of great service to the United States. However, the namings that the article discusses were not.
Originally Posted by Novaheart
Mr. Mabus has drawn criticism in the namings of three ships.Ships should be named for Americans who had been of service to the United States, not partisan figures. Evers makes that cut, but Murtha and Chavez do not. Murtha's conduct after Haditha was despicable, and the Marines were rightly incensed by that. Chavez was a leftist labor hack and environmental whackjob (his last "spiritual fast" was to protest against pesticides) whose singular achievement was to make produce more expensive so that his labor cartel could gain power. Evers legitimately was a martyr of the Civil Rights movement, but his military service wasn't particularly noteworthy (nothing wrong with that, neither is mine, but I don't expect to have a ship named after me). He was the most justified of the three, but there was no reason to name ships after Murtha and Chavez, and many reasons not to. Imagine if you were a Marine ( Sorry, couldn't help it), would you want to serve on a ship named after someone who had slandered you, as Murtha had? Would you want to serve on a ship named after a labor huckster? Naming a ship after Murtha would be like naming one after John Kerry, Jane Fonda or Vidkun Quisling.
He named a San Diego-class amphibious docking ship, one used principally by Marines, after the late Rep. John P. Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat. The previous nine ships in that class had been named after U.S. cities, a park and a county.
The naming angered members of the Marine community, who noted that Mr. Murtha had declared that Marines killed civilians “in cold blood” in the Iraqi village of Haditha in 2005. At the time, the Marines involved in the raid had not been put on trial. Only one Marine was convicted - on a charge of dereliction of duty.
The Navy noted Mr. Murtha’s service as a Marine in Vietnam and his support in the House to fund the armed forces.
Mr. Mabus named one combat logistics force supply ship after civil rights leader Medgar Evers and a second one after leftist farmworker organizer Cesar Chavez.