Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Navy to name a ship after Cesar Chavez

LTjg Mabus
S1C Chavez
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, will be naming a Navy cargo ship after U.S. Medal of Freedom winner, Cesar Chavez. Cesario Estrada "Cesar" Chavez was a Navy veteran who served in the Navy for two years.  It is reported that Cesar said those were the worst two years of his life.  Many an ordinary seaman would not argue with him.  The Navy Log lists his duty stations as NTC San Diego, NOB Saipan and NOB Guam.  He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal.

The Lewis and Clark class of cargo ships are being built in the facilities of General Dynamic NASSCO near the Hispanic neighborhood - Barrio Logan in San Diego, California.  General Dynamics has said that more than 60% of their employees at that facility are of Hispanic descent.
NASSCO's other 13 Navy cargo ships - which shuttle provisions to combat ships supporting military or humanitarian missions - have been named after such notable Americans as explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and famed aviator Amelia Earhart. Chavez would be the first Mexican-American in that group.  Located in San Diego, California, NASSCO employs about 3,600 people and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States.


General Quarters said...

Perhaps we should also change the name of the ship class from Lewis and Clark to Marx and Engels. If the intent is to honor an Hispanic, there are many courageous Hispanic war heroes who also happen not to be Marxists that could be selected for this honor. But clearly, that is not the intent.

Anonymous said...

This certainly is an improvement over USS JOHN P. MURTHA (LPD-26).

General Quarters said...

The U.S. Navy has really been hittin' 'em out of the park lately, naming ships for dead communists and burying OBL at sea according to Muslim tradition. By my read of NAVPERS 15555D, burial-at-sea from a U.S. warship is an honor rendered only to a limited eligible few that does not include terrorist mass murderers (Muslim or otherwise) who are sworn enemies of the United States of America. "Dump all garbage clear of the fantail" would have been the correct call. What's next? A barracks named for Adolph?

s said...

Take the politics out of it and it's clear to anyone that Chavez deserves the honor.

Dems in the Senate said...

In addition to Senators Boxer and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, Senators Michael Bennet, D-CO, Sherrod Brown, D-OH, Richard Durbin, D-IL, Carl Levin, D-MI, Jeff Merkley, D-OR, Robert Menendez, D-NJ, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, Patrick Leahy, D-VT, Patty Murray, D-WA, Jack Reed, D-RI, Charles Schumer, D-NY, Debbie Stabenow,D-MI, and Mark Udall, D-CO.
The letter said:
"Mr. Chávez was a great labor and civil rights leader and a Navy veteran. As you have stated, this move continues the Navy’s tradition of naming these supply ships for famous American pioneers, explorers, and visionaries.
It is clear that César Chávez is a fitting namesake for this fourteenth and final ship. Any comments to the contrary reflect a total disregard for César Chávez, who deserves our respect and gratitude for the lifetime he spent promoting the fair treatment of workers and equal rights and justice for all Americans.”

Anonymous said...

"Chavez served two years in the Navy, joining in 1946. His son said they were difficult years because of the segregation in the armed forces at the time.

When he returned after being deployed to Japan, Chavez was not allowed to sit in a middle row of a theater."


Anonymous said...


Bring Hitler into any agrument and you are the instant loser.


Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does Mabus seem to be the unsavory Sailor in these photos?

CWO4 Brian Ashpole, USN-Retired said...

I like the picture of LT Mabus. It brings forward the exact reason (other than the safety factor that they told us about at the time) why beards had to go. I remember that day in January 1985 when we said goodbye to those beards (the Coast Guard followed shortly after).
CTTCM Robert "Buldge" Jordan walked into work with the remnants of his beard in a jar. The jar had this on it: "They said I couldn't wear it, not that I couldn't keep it."
CWO4 Brian Ashpole

Anonymous said...

Poor, poor, Cesar. He joined the Navy with an 8th grade education and the Navy discriminated against him as a Seaman by only allowing him to work as a deckhand or painter. In the Navy, he quickly learned that he would not learn anything that would help him in civilian life and he had no hopes of advancing in the Navy.

From "Cesar Chavez: Crusader for Social Change"
By: Brenda Haugen

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

If I were in the position of the Honorable Ray Mabus, I would forbid you from displaying this photo as a slovenly appearing Officer of the United States Navy. CNO Adm Zumwalt allowed beards and other facial hair but it was supposed to be trimmed and of neat appearance, LtJG Mabus certainly did not meet the intent of the Z-Gram (Z 70) by Adm Zumwalt. And now we find he makes the decisions that should reflect great things about the Navy, Her men and her ships. To honor a Navy ship with the name Cesar Chavez is a dishonor to our Navy and our country, Cesar C. said that the two years he served in the Navy were the worst two years of his life. He may have been a hero to the agricultural worker of the fields of California, but he was not worthy of being mentioned anywhere with the exception of the (heroes of socialist movements).

Very Respectfully,