#1 Warship Honors Marine Who Died Protecting Comrades07-31-2009, 04:23 PM
via Jawa's link: Warship Honors Marine Who Died Protecting Comrades
BATH, Maine (AP) -
The Navy's newest destroyer bears a name that's familiar to Marines. The ship that'll be christened on Saturday at Bath Iron Works bears the name of Cpl. Jason Dunham, a Marine who jumped on a grenade to save his comrades in 2004 in Iraq.
Dunham's parents, Deb and Dan Dunham, will be at the Maine shipyard along with other Marines who served with him in Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.
Here's a bit more of the story:
Dunham, who's from Scio (SY'-oh), N.Y., earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 14, 2004.
His unit was searching a line of cars for insurgents when he was attacked by one of them. His last words were a warning: "Watch his hand!" Dunham covered the grenade with his Kevlar helmet and his body. Two fellow Marines survived. Dunham died eight days later.
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