Navy Announcing USS Gabby Giffords… But No USS Holly Crabtree

Posted: March 25, 2013 by ShortTimer in Democrats, Military, Navy, Politics, US Military

Secnav Mabus, in addition to naming ships afterer labor leaders like Cesar Chavez, lying blue falcon scumbags like John Murtha, is naming a new Navy littoral combat ship after Democrat Gabby Giffords… a naming purely for political purposes.

The Navy’s newest ship will be the USS Gabrielle Giffords.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made the announcement at a Pentagon ceremony today, calling Giffords someone whose name is synonymous with courage.

Getting shot in the head by a madman and suffering through recovery is not synonymous with any kind of courage that would warrant naming a ship after a congressman from a landlocked state.  This is politics.  It’s doing favors for Democrat politicians and it’s been doing favors for the administration by keeping Giffords and her head wound in the spotlight.  If it weren’t for her head wound, she wouldn’t be important to the Democrats at all.

The contrast is very sharp when you note that then-HM1 Holly Crabtree was shot in the head by a sniper while on patrol – and the courage it takes to go on patrols in hostile territory, risking her own life just by being there – and then surviving a headshot – is the kind of courage that might well warrant naming a ship after her… a sailor wounded in combat.

crabtree & sis

Chief Crabtree just retired from the Navy after 14 years and that serious wound that she still hasn’t recovered from.

Of course, Secnav Mabus was more interested in scoring Democrat and anti-gun political points by keeping Giffords in the spotlight:

Mabus said the notion occurred to him that this would be a “fitting tribute” not only to Giffords but to Navy families because she was a Navy spouse.  Her husband, Mark Kelly, was until recently an astronaut and Navy pilot.

Really, it’s a fitting tribute because she married a guy who drove boats?

In the navy, pilots drive boats.  Aviators fly planes.  One could probably safely assume it’s a typo, but either way, it shows that the ship is being named for no reason other than politics.

Giffords is a political prop for gun control and undermining the Constitution, and has been used as willing a political tool since she was shot.  She was also used to blame Sarah Palin, too.  The left exists only for politics.

By contrast, again from the Crabtree story:

After being wounded, Crabtree was attached to James A Haley Veterans Affairs Hospital in Tampa, Fla. While there, besides receiving therapy, she “inspired and motivated several critically wounded soldiers and instilled a positive, can-do spirit.” For that, she received her fourth Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal on Friday.

Somewhere there’s a bitter combat arms guy who’d joke about the way NAMs are handed out like candy for making people feel good, but I’d say Crabtree is the exception, not the rule.  In 2005 the GySgt in my platoon got a NAM for getting some ice out into the field when it was hot.  HM1 Crabtree is out getting people to push through serious injuries – she’s probably earned hers.

Crabtree, 32, grudgingly accepted medical retirement.

I can still move my hand. I can still walk a little bit. I’m still good. I can do something,” she said of wanting to continue her career. Finally, she gave in.

She’s a 14 year veteran and she’s only 32 years old.  She was 18 when she joined, and spent 14 years of her life in naval service.  Reread her statement again until it sinks in.  Crabtree is worthy of a ship.

I can still move my hand. I can still walk a little bit. I’m still good. I can do something.

 

chief crabtree 2

Fair winds and following seas, Chief Crabtree.

Comments
  1. 38specialmom says:

    Reblogged this on The Elephant in the Room.

  2. Robert Wyatt says:

    Imagine that!! The navy is going to name a ship after Gabby Gifford and it will not have the first gun on it…………..

  3. There will be more ships. There may very well one named after Chief Crabtree [just think of the image conjured in the mind of enemies when THAT name is translated]. But the military has to play politics too – Just ask the crew on the Lincoln, Reagan, Roosevelt, Stennis, Forrestall… well maybe not that last one.

    • ShortTimer says:

      Typically ships are named after people who’ve got some connection to the service, and named after the person has died. Exceptions are made for people like Jimmy Carter, who actually served on a boat of similar type as the one named after him. Cesar Chavez, while the naming was a specific political choice, also served in the Navy.

      Gabby Giffords comes from a landlocked state and has no connection to naval service whatsoever, and the closest she came serving in uniform was being a girl scout.

  4. Mike Tinsley says:

    OK, if we are going to pick at terminology such as pilot vs aviator (one can be an aviator without ever touching a cockpit or flying the plane…pilots fly the planes aviators not necessarily so) A Navy Marine Corps Commendation medal IS NOT a NAM…a Navy Achievement Medal (NAM) can be given freely by Commanding Officers….Navy Comm is a higher award and most go through their career without receiving a navy comm…

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