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Warship christened at Maine shipyard for NY Marine
AP ^ | DAVID SHARP

Posted on 08/01/2009 8:15:40 PM PDT by Dubya

BATH, Maine – In a solemn ceremony punctuated by talk of courage, service and sacrifice, the mother of a Marine corporal on Saturday christened a warship honoring her son, who died after covering an exploding grenade to protect his comrades in Iraq.

After composing herself and taking a deep breath, Deb Dunham smashed a bottle of champagne over the bow of the 510-foot warship Jason Dunham, then held the bottle aloft before a cheering crowd of more than 1,500 people.

She was joined by the Marines who served with her son, by her husband, Dan Dunham, and their daughter Katelyn Dunham. Two other Dunham boys also were in the audience.

Retired Gen. Michael Hagee, a former Marine commandant who was with the Dunhams when their son died at Bethesda Naval Hospital days after the explosion, said Jason gave the "gift of valor." Hagee said the warship will serve as a reminder that freedom "is paid for by the men and women who wear the cloth of this nation."

"They are willing to give up everything that is important: love, marriage, children, family, friends," Hagee said of the 22-year-old Marine. "I can tell you I've always stood in awe of that."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: christening; duplicate; jasondunham; usmc; usnavy; ussjasondunham
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1 posted on 08/01/2009 8:15:40 PM PDT by Dubya
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To: Dubya
TAPS

2 posted on 08/01/2009 8:18:43 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya
THE FEW THE PROUD THE MARINES

3 posted on 08/01/2009 8:20:06 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya

May her crew be as dediocated and gallant as her namesake.


4 posted on 08/01/2009 8:25:19 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: Dubya
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5 posted on 08/01/2009 8:26:45 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya
CPL. Jason Dunham Pictures, Images and Photos

6 posted on 08/01/2009 8:29:00 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Amen


7 posted on 08/01/2009 8:29:39 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya
dunham Pictures, Images and Photos

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8 posted on 08/01/2009 8:33:01 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya
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9 posted on 08/01/2009 8:36:11 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya

Streamers fly during the christening ceremony of the USS Jason Dunham, an Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, at Bath iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named after the late Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, of Scio, N.Y. Dunham, 22, of Scio, N.Y., who was mortally wounded as he saved his comrades that day, will be honored Saturday at the christening of the Navy's newest destroyer, the USS Jason Dunham. The young corporal who threw his Kevlar helmet and his body onto the grenade became the first Marine since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor.

(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)


10 posted on 08/01/2009 8:46:33 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya

Nice to see such a beautiful ship named for someone worthy of the honor, and not some politician.


11 posted on 08/01/2009 9:04:19 PM PDT by robertwalker62
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To: Dubya

What a great tribute. I am glad to see they are naming ships after warriors again, well for now.


12 posted on 08/01/2009 9:06:23 PM PDT by Anti-Kenyan
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To: Mr. Silverback

as a salior.... I took as well as most my shipmates.... great pride in serving on the Nimitz... I am sure the plankowners will do the ships namesake proud.


13 posted on 08/01/2009 9:06:29 PM PDT by Americanwolf ("How could they not tell they had a friggin 70 foot whale hanging off their bow?" ---Tijeras_slim)
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To: Dubya

Where do we find such men?


14 posted on 08/01/2009 9:08:24 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: Americanwolf

As a sailor, I agree with you. The plankowners of the Dunham will do everything to make the ship’s namesake very proud. I know damn well that I would.


15 posted on 08/01/2009 9:12:29 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: Dubya

Watch Pres. Bush’s speech telling Jason’s story. He gets a tear in his eye. (not as good of speaker as O, but oh, don’t we miss him as CIC?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64OQTOMQq5k


16 posted on 08/01/2009 9:46:15 PM PDT by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: Dubya
This guy jumped on a grenade and actually lived long enough to get to Bethesda before dying? Absolutely unbelievable
17 posted on 08/01/2009 9:46:35 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: robertwalker62

“Nice to see such a beautiful ship named for someone worthy of the honor, and not some politician.”

That was my thought exactly!


18 posted on 08/01/2009 9:50:09 PM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: Dubya

Glad to see the Navy can still occasionally get it right with ship names.


19 posted on 08/01/2009 10:05:23 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Dubya

Wow, that’s a mighty honor.


20 posted on 08/01/2009 11:50:58 PM PDT by americanophile (Sarcasm: satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language.)
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090801-O-0000X-001 BATH, Maine, (Aug. 1, 2009) Deb Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named for her son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo courtesy Michael C. Nutter/ General Dynamics/Released)

090801-O-0000X-002 BATH, Maine, (Aug. 1, 2009) Deb Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named for her son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo courtesy Michael C. Nutter/ General Dynamics/Released)

090801-M-3123G-005 BATH, Maine (Aug. 1, 2009) Deb Dunham, left, hugs her husband, Dan, after christening the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) as her daughter, Katie Dunham, looks on during a christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named for her son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael T. Gams/Released)

090801-M-3123G-002 BATH, Maine (Aug. 1, 2009) Sgt. Major Michael Templeton, right, holds the dress blue uniform of Cpl. Jason Dunham as Maj. Trent A. Gibson stands at attention during the christening of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Templeton and Gibson both served in Dunham's unit. Dunham was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dunham's parents donated his dress blue uniform to be displayed on the ship's quarterdeck. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael T. Gams/Released)

090801-O-0000X-004 BATH, Maine, (Aug. 1, 2009) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) is translated from the Land Level Transfer Facility at Bath Iron Works into the floating dry dock after its christening ceremony in preparation for float-off later in the day. (Photo courtesy Michael C. Nutter/ General Dynamics/Released)

Jason Dunham Christening

21 posted on 08/02/2009 12:56:43 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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  Deb Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.
090801-O-0000X-001 BATH, Maine, (Aug. 1, 2009) Deb Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named for her son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo courtesy Michael C. Nutter/ General Dynamics/Released)
 
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BATH, Maine (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy christened the newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), Aug. 1 during a ceremony at Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine.

"I can tell the crew of the USS Jason Dunham, that you can not have a better namesake, nor a better sponsor. This ship, USS Jason Dunham, will always remind individuals that freedom is in fact not free. It is paid for by those great young men and women who wear the cloth of our nation," said retired general and former commandant of the Marine Corps Michael Hagee, who served as guest speaker.

Deborah Dunham served as the sponsor of the ship named for her late son. In accordance with Navy tradition, she broke a bottle of champagne across the ship's bow and christened the ship.

She said her son would be very proud of the honor to have a ship named after him.

"It's an honor to be able to do this for Jason. I appreciate the fact that they chose to name the ship after Jason, but I like the idea that they'll be able to carry his name on in history. I'm hoping that somebody, a child in school some day, will see the name 'Jason Dunham' and look it up and find out what he did with his citation. Maybe, that will encourage them to go to the Medal of Honor Society Web site and find out what other men have done for our nation, also.

"These men carry on their heroic actions very quietly and very humbly. So, if this is a way of putting it out there, of what this whole entire fraternity of men have done for our country, I'm glad that he could be a stepping stone for that," said Dunham.

The new destroyer honors the late Cpl. Jason Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On April 14, 2004, Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq, when his battalion commander's convoy was ambushed. When Dunham's squad approached to provide fire support, an Iraqi insurgent leapt out of a vehicle and attacked Dunham. As Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground, he noticed that the enemy fighter had a grenade in his hand.

Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines, and when the enemy dropped the live grenade, Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, covered the grenade, and threw himself on top to smother the blast. In an ultimately selfless act of courage, in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of two fellow Marines.

In November 2006, at the dedication of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., then-President George W. Bush announced that the Medal of Honor would be awarded posthumously to Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham.

During his speech, Bush said, "As long as we have Marines like Cpl. Dunham, America will never fear for her liberty."

Bush presented Cpl. Dunham's family with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 11.

"Today, Jason takes his rightful place in naval history alongside his storied legacy in the annals of the Marine Corps," said Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus.

"Though Jason is no longer with us, his name will live on in this magnificent warship that represents the best our nation has to offer. Jason's spirit -- as a warrior, fighter, and one who never gave up, even in the face of great challenges -- lives on to lead all of the men and women who will ever serve aboard USS Jason Dunham, in home waters and abroad. In the fighting spirit of its namesake, the men and women of USS Jason Dunham will never back down from any challenge put before them," said Mabus.

"It's clear that having 'Jason Dunham' written on the stern of this ship will always force the crew to think about why they're serving and what they're giving and what they expect of themselves. So, what Jason taught the rest of us is something that they can always think about as they serve on that ship, wherever it may take them," said Michael M. Phillips, author of "The Gift of Valor: A War Story," a book about Cpl. Dunham and actions leading up to his Medal of Honor.

The ship's prospective commanding officer is Cmdr. Scott Sciretta who will lead the crew of 276 officers and enlisted personnel of the 9,200-ton vessel.

"This ship as far as the maritime strategy is the most capable warship in the world," said Sciretta. "It can do anything. You name the mission, our Navy is ready to meet the maritime strategy. This ship is the most capable warship in the world."

"This is the greatest honor of my life. I cannot stress with anything greater in my heart anything that I feel, to have the opportunity to meet Dan and Deb Dunham and their lovely family, the sacrifice that Jason made for this country, the sacrifice that Dan and Deb continue to make for this country on a daily basis. I'm deeply honored," continued Sciretta.

In the spirit of this Marine, USS Jason Dunham will continue protecting America's liberty by providing a dynamic multimission platform to lead the Navy into the future. Utilizing a gas-turbine propulsion system, the ship can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups. The ship's combat systems center on the Aegis combat system and the SPY-Ld(V) multifunction phased array radar. With the combination of Aegis, the vertical launching system, an advanced anti-submarine warfare system, advanced anti-aircraft missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Arleigh Burke-class continues the revolution at sea.

"I feel incredibly honored to be here today to christen the USS Jason Dunham," said Mabus. "To honor a Marine who made the ultimate sacrifice, so that others Marines could live and so that America could continue to represent the values that we do. To have a Navy ship named after such a Marine is in the great tradition of our naval forces. And USS Jason Dunham is going to represent us well, around the world, in a lot of different capacities, for decades to come.

"This is one of the most capable ships that the Navy has. It's one of the most capable types of ships that any navy has ever had. It can mount simultaneous defenses and attacks. Air, sea, underwater. It is truly an integrated fighting machine. And it's got other things too. It can deliver humanitarian aid. It can deter some aggression. It can reassure allies. It is an incredibly capable ship, in an incredibly capable navy, in an incredibly complex world. And it's something that we need, and it's something that's going to serve us well.

"It shows what values we have in the United States. Not only in the Navy and Marine Corps, but as a country. The values of character, of honor, of sacrifice, of the willingness to give to something bigger than ourselves. And I think that the name Jason Dunham on this ship, what he stood for, the character that he had, the actions that he took, will represent us well as this ship sails in our fleet for a long time to come," said Mabus.

"He would think it was an absolute hoot, and he would just enjoy it to no end. I do think Jason would find it a huge honor," said Dunham's mother.

"It would be our duty and pleasure to be with the ship and be a part of the ship for the rest of the ship's life or my life and the children's lives, and I'm really looking forward to a family cruise," said Dunham.

Additional information on Arleigh Burke class destroyers is available at http://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=4200&tid=900&ct=4

For more news from the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.

 

22 posted on 08/02/2009 1:08:53 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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The Gift of Valor
A War Story

23 posted on 08/02/2009 1:11:23 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Americanwolf

Thanks for serving!


24 posted on 08/02/2009 5:17:52 AM PDT by Mr. Silverback (We're definitely in the Rise of the Empire era, but is Obama Valorum or Palpatine?)
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To: Dubya; freema

Thanks for posting this.


25 posted on 08/02/2009 8:18:16 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...
Thanks for the ping, POP. She's giving all she's got. Not an "atta girl" big enough for this act.

26 posted on 08/02/2009 3:54:54 PM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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the mother of a Marine corporal on Saturday christened a warship honoring her son, who died after covering an exploding grenade to protect his comrades in Iraq

27 posted on 08/02/2009 3:57:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: freema

It takes A Marine Mother to put a love dent on a Navy Destroyer.


28 posted on 08/02/2009 4:03:59 PM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: usmcobra

There’s a Hell Yeah floating around here somewhere : )


29 posted on 08/02/2009 4:08:58 PM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: freema

Semper Fi


30 posted on 08/02/2009 7:35:05 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy ("I AM JIM THOMPSON!!!")
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