The third ship to be named the Mason (DDG-87) was commissioned in April 2003. The first Mason (DD-191) was named for John Young Mason, secretary of the Navy under Presidents John Tyler and James K. Polk; the second (DE-529) was named for Ensign Newton Henry Mason, a naval aviator and posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross awardee. The current Mason also honors the allAfrican American crew of the second Mason.
I have no problem with honoring these men by naming a ship after them, but why are so many names recycled? The Preble (DDG-88), for instance, is the sixth ship to bear that name. Why not honor some new people? There are plenty of women who have never been so honored—and they deserve to be.