Warship named for war hero departs Maine

Posted Oct. 06, 2010, at 4:57 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A Navy destroyer named for Medal of Honor recipient Jason Dunham has departed Maine’s Bath Iron Works.

The 510-foot warship sailed down the Kennebec River and into the Atlantic on Wednesday. It’s en route to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where it’ll be commissioned next month.

The Aegis destroyer bears the name of the Marine from Scio, N.Y., who died after covering an exploding grenade in 2004 to protect his comrades in Iraq. 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.

Two more destroyers in the same class are under construction in Bath. One of them bears the name of another Medal of Honor recipient, Michael Murphy, who died in Afghanistan.

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