Navy destroyer to be named after heroic Marine


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From MSNBC.com:
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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy will name a destroyer after Cpl. Jason Dunham, a young Marine from western New York who fell on a grenade in Iraq to save his comrades.

Dunham was already posthumously awarded a Medal of Honor for the selfless act. The emotional White House ceremony in January was attended by President Bush and the Marine's parents.

Dunham, of Scio, N.Y., saved at least two lives by acting quickly during a struggle with an insurgent near the Syrian border.
For the rest of this story, go to http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17709451/

Comment: I don't care what anyone thinks of the war, stories of valour like this have a certain evergreen quality to them that should be remembered and honoured.
 
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Now it's official. From The Navy Newsstand:

Navy Names New Guided-Missile Destroyer USS Jason Dunham
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Story Number: NNS070323-25
Release Date: 3/23/2007 4:05:00 PM



Special release from the U.S. Department of Defense

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Navy announced March 23 that the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), honoring the late Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Donald C. Winter, made the announcement in Dunham’s hometown of Scio, N.Y.
Story at http://www.navy.mil/search/display.asp?story_id=28497
 

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