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The crew of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer USS Jason Dunham mans the rails for the first time Nov. 13, 2010 at Port Everglades, Fla. The ship's commissioning ceremony paid homage to its namesake, Cpl. Jason Dunham, who selflessly sacrificed his life at age 22 in Iraq, April 14, 2004.

Photo by Sgt. Kuande Hall

Remembering Medal of Honor recipient Jason Dunham

16 Nov 2010 | Marine Corps News

Out of the seven Medal of Honor recipients since Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom began, only one held the title Marine.

Cpl. Jason Dunham - who would have turned 28 this month – received the Medal of Honor posthumously for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life.”

Read Dunham’s full Medal of Honor citation:  

On April 14, 2004, Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers west of their position. Without hesitation, Dunham lead his squad to reinforce another patrol of Marines with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

The minutes that followed Dunham’s decision would prove to be a testament to his personal honor, sacrifice and leadership as a United States Marine said Maj. Trent A. Gibson, Dunham's platoon commander on patrol that day.

Dunham’s platoon commander’s account of his character:

A documentary on the life and sacrifice of Cpl. Jason Dunham: 

In honor of Dunham’s sacrifice, the U.S. Navy named its newest guided-missile destroyer the USS Jason Dunham.

Watch Dunham’s mother christen the ship:  

Read about the USS Jason Dunham’s christening:

The USS Jason Dunham is not just the Navy’s newest destroyer – it’s a legacy handed down from Marines of previous generations. 

Dunham shares his birthday, November 10, with every Marine past and present, so it was a fitting ceremony when the Navy commissioned it’s newest ship three days later in Port Everglades, Fla.

Photos of the commissioning ceremony:  

Read about the commissioning ceremony:  

According to Naval leadership, the USS Jason Dunham will protect America’s liberty by providing a dynamic multi-mission platform to lead the Navy-Marine Corps team into the future. The ship can operate independently or as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, amphibious ready groups, and underway replenishment groups.

When Marines deploy for future sea-born operations, they may just find themselves aboard the ship named in honor of their fallen brother – Cpl. Jason Dunham.

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