Ship names in the Continental Navy and the early Federal navy came from a variety of sources. As if to emphasize the ties that many Americans still felt to Britain, the first ship of the new Continental Navy was named Alfred in honor of Alfred the Great, the king of Wessex who is credited with building the first English naval force. Another ship was named Raleigh to commemorate the seagoing exploits of Sir Walter Raleigh. Some ships honored early patriots and heroes (Hancock andGeneral Greene). Others commemorated the young nation's ideals and institutions (Constitution, Independence, Congress). A 74-gun ship-of-the-line, launched in 1782 and donated to the French Navy on completion, was named America. A Revolutionary War frigate named Bourbon saluted the King of France, whose alliance would further the cause of American independence. Other ship names honored American places (Boston, Virginia). Small warships-- brigs and schooners--bore a variety of names. Some were named for positive character traits (Enterprise, Diligent). Others had classical names (Syren,Argus) or names of small creatures with a potent sting (Hornet, Wasp).Your official complaint appears to be twofold: that politics is in the naming process and that the sailors should have veto power over the Secretary.
Unless we are going to have as many ships of the presidential class as there have been presidents, then choosing which presidents to honor will be political. Talk about a slap in the face- to name ships after Lincoln and Grant? And you're pissed about some lettuce picker?[/QUOTE]
Yeah, I'm pissed off that the United States Navy named a ship after a "lettuce picker", who just happened to be the head of a corrupt labor cartel/extortion racket. Not exactly the same thing as naming a ship after a king who built the first naval force in the history of the English speaking peoples, or kings who provided critical support during the Revolutionary War, or other naval heroes of our common English heritage (Walter Raleigh) at a time when we were attempting to secure a relationship with Britain. In other words, that was a political reason, but it was a political reason that served the interests of the United States. Naming a ship after what you characterized as a "lettuce picker" accomplishes nothing except to further entrench an leftist icon into our culture. As for the latter, I never said that sailors ought to be able to veto the SECNAV, but somebody ought to have oversight. In the case of vessels serving the Marine Corps, the commandant ought to have input, and congress certainly has an interest in ensuring that our ships are named after men and women who inspire service, rather than inflame partisanship.
All rates in the post WW II navy were open to Hispanics, but that is not true of Filipinos. Only a few rates (jobs) were open to Filipinos.
Hispanic Submarine Commander:
Admiral:Captain Marion Frederic Ramírez de Arellano, (1913–1999) USN, the first Hispanic submarine commanding officer, participated in five war patrols. He led the effort to rescue five Navy pilots and one enlisted gunner off Wake Island, and contributed to the sinking of two Japanese freighters and damaging a third. For his actions, he was awarded a Silver Stars Medal and a Legion of Merit Medal.
In 1941, Commander Luis de Florez played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Special Devices Division of the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics (what would later become the NAWCTSD). He was later assigned as head of the new Special Devices Desk in the Engineering Division of the Navy’s Bureau of Aeronautics. De Florez, who has been credited with over sixty inventions, urged the Navy to undertake development of "synthetic training devices" to increase readiness. During World War II, he was promoted to Captain and in 1944, to Rear Admiral.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispani...ed_States_NavyAdmiral Horacio Rivero, Jr. served aboard the USS San Juan (CL-54) and was involved in providing artillery cover for Marines landing on Guadalcanal, Marshall Islands, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" ("V" stands for valor in combat). Rivero was reassigned to the USS Pittsburgh (CA-72) and is credited with saving his ship without a single life lost when the ship's bow had been torn off during a typhoon. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his actions. Rivero also participated in the Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, the attack on Bougainville in the Solomons, the capture of the Gilbert Islands and a series of carrier raids on Rabaul. On June 5, 1945, Rivero was present during the first carrier raids against Tokyo during operations in the vicinity of Nansei Shoto. Rivero, served as a technical assistant on the Staff of Commander Joint Task Force One for Operation Crossroads from February 1946 to June 1947, and was on the Staff of Commander, Joint Task Force Seven during the atomic weapons tests in Eniwetok in 1948.
There are many, many more Hispanics (read for yourself at the above link) who achieved rank and distinction during WW II and before that. Someone posted something in Wiki that is contrary to the facts.
This is what cracks me up about the La Raza insistence that they have always been "nonwhite". To determine how society has traditionally viewed Mexicans and Mexican-Americans we would look at race laws and how they were applied to those persons. To the best of my knowledge, it has never been illegal for a white person to marry a Mexican. The same cannot be said of blacks, Indians, and Orientals.
In 1948 Perez v Sharp we see that Mexican-Americans are traditionally considered white, and that they were forbidden from marrying negroes in California.
I think it's possible that there were indeed barriers for latinos who were readily identifiable as mestizos that didn't apply to everyone who simply had a Spanish surname or ancestry.
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