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Virginia delegation urges Navy to name ship after only Filipino American awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (WAVY) – US lawmakers in Virginia are urging the US Navy to name a ship after the only Filipino American to receive the Medal of Honor.

Representative Elaine Luria, who represents Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, announced in a press release Monday that she and several other lawmakers had written a letter to Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro urging him to honor the firefighter from second class Telesforo Trinidad.

The letter was also signed by Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08), Rep. Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), and Rep. . Jennifer Wexton (VA-10) joined Rep. Luria to make the request.

The letter says there is strong support for naming a Navy surface combatant after Trinidad.

“More than a century ago, Telesforo Trinidad received the Congressional Medal of Honor. After sustaining his own injuries, he displayed exceptional heroism and risked his own life to save his crewmates after the USS San Diego suffered boiler explosions on January 21, 1915,” Luria said. “The memory of Trinidad’s heroism lives on, and we call on the Secretary to celebrate the first and only Philippine Navy veteran to receive the Medal of Honor.”

Read the full letter here.