U.S.S. Jason Dunham
A Navy Destroyer will bear the name of the Allegany County Marine killed in Iraq two years ago.
The Navy’s newest Guided Missile Destroyer, DDG-109 will be named the USS JASON DUNHAM.
Dunham is the Marine Corporal from Scio who died battling insurgents in Iraq in April, 2004. Dunham dove on a grenade and saved the lives of other Marines.
Dunham became the first Marine in the Iraq War to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
His parents, sister and brother received the medal in his honor from President Bush in January.
Secretary of the Navy Donald Winters will take part in a naming ceremony for the Destroyer Friday in Scio.
The Navy will name its newest guided missile destroyer the USS Jason Dunham, New York lawmakers said Tuesday. A formal ceremony in Scio with Navy Secretary Donald Winters is scheduled for Friday.
Sen. Charles Schumer called the destroyer naming “another fitting tribute to his life and humbling heroism.”
Rep. Randy Kuhl, R-Hammondsport, whose district includes Scio, said the destroyer will be another way to ensure that “Jason and his heroic, selfless acts will long be remembered.”
The Dunham will be an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, one of the deadliest warships afloat.
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