Ship To Be Named After Disgraced Ex-Marine John Murtha

According to Fox News and other sources, the Navy has decided to name one of its newest ships after former Congressman and Slanderer John Murtha.

The Navy is naming its newest San Antonio-class amphibious transport-dock LPD 26 for Murtha, the powerful chairman of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee who became an outspoken and influential critic of the Iraq war.

Murtha died in February at age 77 after complications from gallbladder surgery.

San Antonio-class ships support Marines and can carry roughly 700 troops, their equipment and vehicles. They are usually named after cities; the USS Murtha will be a break from that tradition.

Not only will it be a break from tradition, but it will absolutely be a slap in the face to the Marines forced to be assigned to the ship. As you may recall, Murtha slandered Marines in 2005 by calling them “cold-blooded murderers” and never apologized for it after EACH AND EVERY MARINE was acquitted. He labeled them murderers BEFORE any trial or evidence was collected and purported to have all the “evidence” to defend his statements prior to any trial.

In an editorial to the Philadelphia Enquirer, Robert Greer, a Life Member of the Marine Corps League, had some pretty pointed words as well about the Navy’s Decision:

To the Editor,

Before we name the LPD 26 San Antonio-class amphibious dock ship after John Murtha we should first consider the impact that that act would have on those 700 Marines who would be asked to serve on that ship.

Major John Murtha was the S-2 Intelligence Officer for the First Battalion, First Marines in Vietnam. Serving under him in the capacity of forward observer/intelligence photographer was Sgt. Scott Camil, 1st Bn., 11th Marines, attached to 1st Bn, 1st Marines.

At the Winter Soldier Hearings in 1971, conducted by young Vietnam Veteran John Kerry, who later became the Honorable Senator from Massachusetts, Sgt Scott Camil gave testimony in regards to the conduct of Major John Murtha and the officers and men of the 1st Bn., 1st Marines.

Sgt. Camil’s testimony reveals that Major John Murtha presided over a United States Marine Combat Unit that ” cut off ears, cut off heads, called in artillery on Vietnamese villagers for games, randomly burned down the homes of innocent
Vietnamese villagers and raped and sexually mutilated Vietnamese women with entrenching tools and tree limbs. ”

John Murtha had a lifetime to defend himself and the Honor of the United States Marine Corps against these charges. Murtha did not defend himself.

In Marine circles it is widely believed that it was John Murtha who fabricated these bizarre incidents as part of Commandant David Shoup’s exit strategy from Vietnam.

Regardless of whether these atrocities really happened or were fabricated, Major John Murtha brought shame and dishonor on the United States Marine Corps.

I wonder if Major John Murtha was thinking about the atrocities that he himself committed in Vietnam when he accused our young Marines of killing Iraqis ” In Cold Blood. ” at Haditha, or was he just knowingly lying again for his own self interest.

Go ahead and name the LPD 26 ” The LPD John Murtha ” ( or as Marines call him “Porky the Vagina Mutilator” ) … then take that ship out to sea unmanned and sink it.

No United States Marine should ever suffer the dishonor of serving on an acursed ship named after Major John Murtha.

Amen! The Haditha Marines’ names and reputations were drug through the mud before they were even privileged enough to enjoy the rights they serve to protect were realized in the concept of innocence until proven guilty. I personally hope that Murtha is rotting in a painful and excruciatingly morose hell. No ship in any military outside landlocked Iran deserves to be named after this dishonorable waste of human flesh. And that’s my opinion.

8 Comments on “Ship To Be Named After Disgraced Ex-Marine John Murtha

  1. After returning from Viet Nam in 1967, I was as politically motivated as a fence post…then, that sorry sack of human (I don’t want to defile the word “animal”) excrement named John Kerry ran for president. THAT was what it took to get me involved in politics.

    A looong time ago, I thought I was the only one that abhorred John Murtha. Evidently, NOT! You both summed it up very well, “GruntforLife” and “bback.”

    I don’t know where Murtha is buried (actually, he wasn’t buried… he had to be screwed into the ground because he was so crooked.) But, on 10 November, I WILL step outside my back door, piss on the ground and say, “This is for you, Murtha. You’re another sorry sack of excrement and may you rot in hell…EX-Marine!”

    Semper Fi!

  2. I am a retired Marine with both enlisted and commissioned service.

    It is said that there are no “Ex-Marines”, only former Marines. Murtha is in the eyes of many an ex-Marine and he will be remembered as one who betrayed his country, his Corps and the brave warriors he lied about.

    He sold out for promise of political gain and his own party reneged on the promised reward he’d receive if he went public with the fabricated Haditha story.

    Murtha wasn’t dumb – he realized he was betting everything regarding his legacy and standing as a Marine, and apparently he felt it worthwhile to accept the risk.

    Risk what, you might ask?

    He risked becoming what he actually has become – a person so reviled among Marines that his name will forever be associated with words such as “treason”, back stabber, coward” to name a few. Of course, he realized that his status in the Marine Corps would be permanently assigned to the Persona Non Grata category.

    I am quite sure that Marines will find out where this pathetic excuse for a man is buried and will begin a new Marine tradition – pissing on his grave each year on November 10th, which is the birthday of our Corps.

    Murtha went to his grave knowing something that I would fear worse than death itself – the knowledge that Marines past, present and future would never again consider him to be a fellow Marine. Sounds a bit corny perhaps to non-Marines, but to us, nothing could be worse than to know we’ve been stripped of all that comes with the title “Marine”.

    May God forgive you Murtha – The Marine Corps cannot.

  3. Right after the aircraft carrier John F. Kerry!

    Are you kidding me!!!

  4. I must agree with Mr. Greer about the outrage that this action brings.
    The dishonor John Murtha has brought to the Marine Corps is unforgivable.
    And to think that the same honor was given to Cpl. Jason Dunham, MOH recipient, makes it even worst in my opinion.
    I feel for those Marines who will have to sail on that ship.

  5. Why don’t we name an outhouse after this sorry s—?

  6. Whoops, my mistake. I meant “SHOULD HAVE KEPT THE NAMING CONVENTION”.

    That’s what I get for making posts before I finish my first cup of coffee.

  7. I’m not going to get into it with anybody about naming the ship after Murtha. (Not that I liked the guy. I didn’t.)

    But they should not have kept the naming convention. Sen. Murtha was not prominent enough to have a ship named after him. A highway in his home state, ok, that’s understandable, but not a ship.

    And if I remember, no name is official until the ship is christened, correct?

  8. You express my outrage perfectly. I served aboard the Cleveland (LPD 7)as a Navy Gunner’s Mate. Not only is Murtha a disgrace but tradition should never be broken in how a ship is named.

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