Gay rights activist who became the first openly gay public official in California when he served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1978. In July 2016, the US Navy announced that it would be naming a ship after Milk.
He served four years in the United States Navy from 1951-1955. He later spent time employed as a researcher for Bache & Company.
He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.