Naming the Future Doris Miller (CVN-81)

Note: I submitted this letter to Proceedings, the monthly magazine of the United States Naval Institute, for inclusion into their “Comment and Discussion” section.

In the May issue of Proceedings, a retired Lieutenant Commander characterized Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly’s January decision to name CVN 80 in honor of Cook 3rd Class Doris Miller:

Naming an aircraft carrier for Doris Miller is another politically motivated travesty in the naming of ships. There is no doubt he was a genuine hero and deserved to have the frigate…