Only 1,000 of the 20,000 Japanese defenders survived. This, unusually for Hollywood, is the story of a heroic but crushing defeat, partly gathered from the buried letters found years later on the island.
Names for Navy ships traditionally have been chosen and announced by the Secretary of the Navy, under the direction of the President and in accordance with rules prescribed by Congress. For most of the 19th century, U.S. law included language explicitly assigning the Secretary of the Navy the task of naming new Navy ships.3 The reference to the Secretary of the Navy disappeared from the U.S. Code in 1925.4 The code today (10 U.S.C. 7292) is silent on the issue of who has the authority to name new Navy ships,5 but the Secretary of the Navy arguably retains implicit authority, given the location of Section 7292 in subtitle C of Title 10, which covers the Navy and Marine Corps.
DOD News Release No. 420-11, May 18, 2011, entitled \"Navy Names Ship For Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez,\" accessed July 27, 2012, at =14504. For the Navy's discussion of this naming choice, see Department of the Navy, A Report on Policies and Practices of the U.S. Navy for Naming the Vessels of the Navy, undated but transmitted to Congress with cover letters dated July 13, 2012, pp. 22-24. A November 29, 2016, news article states the following: \"I got the name Cesar Chavez from the shipyard,\" [then-Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus] said [referring to General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD/NASSCO) of San Diego, CA, the builder of the TAKE-1 class ships]. \"They were the ones who recommended it because 85 percent of the shipyard workers in San Diego are Hispanic.\" (Wyatt Olson, \"Outgoing Navy Sec. Mabus Leaves Imprint on Policies, Ship Acquisition,\" Military.com, November 29, 2016.) 59ce067264