Navy com­mis­sions ship in honor of late long­time con­gress­man

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> The U.S. Navy is com­mis­sion­ing the USS John P. Murtha, a new ship named in honor of the late long­time Penn­syl­va­nia con­gress­man and dec­o­rated Marine Corps vet­eran.

Thou­sands are ex­pected to honor Murtha on Satur­day at Penn’s Land­ing in Philadel­phia dur­ing a cer­e­mony to place the ship into ac­tive ser­vice.

Murtha, a Demo­crat, served as a U.S. Marines Corps Re­serve of­fi­cer and later as a mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia House. He was the first Viet­nam War vet­eran elected to Congress and be­came the long­est-serv­ing con­gress­man in Penn­syl­va­nia his­tory shortly be­fore his death in 2010.

The two-time Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ent earned a num­ber of other ac­co­lades for his ser­vice, in­clud­ing the Navy Distin­guished Ser­vice Medal.

Ships like the USS John P. Murtha sup­port mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions.

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