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Navy warship named for Marine Medal of Honor recipient to be commissioned

November 13, 2010 |  9:28 am


The guided missile destroyer Jason Dunham is to be commissioned Saturday at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The 9,200-ton, 509-foot warship is named for a Marine corporal from Twentynine Palms who was mortally wounded while shielding other Marines from the blast of an insurgent grenade in April 2004. He is the only Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The ship will be able to operate independently or with carrier strike groups.

Dunham, who was 22 when he died, served with Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

--Tony Perry in San Diego