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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced last week that Murtha, who served 18 terms in the House, would have a San Antonio class ship (pictured) named in his honor. It would be the first ship in its class not named for an American city.
Murtha, who died in February at age 77, was the first House member who served in combat in the Vietnam War. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.
He angered many of his fellow veterans in 2005 when he came out against the Iraq war. When a group of Marines was accused of killing Iraqi civilians in Haditha, Murtha said the Marines had acted "in cold blood." (Charges against six of the Marines were dropped, one was acquitted and another is awaiting trial on lesser counts.)Since Mabus announced the honor, thousands of postings in opposition have been made on a Facebook group called "People Against Naming A Navy Ship USS Murtha," The Navy Times reported.
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