Warship named for Marine to be commissioned

Posted Nov. 12, 2010, at 3:22 p.m.

SCIO, N.Y. — A Navy missile destroyer named for Medal of Honor recipient Jason Dunham of western New York is being commissioned in Florida this weekend.

The $1.1 billion warship, which was built in Bath, Maine, arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale last Friday. The ship’s official commissioning ceremony is scheduled for Saturday.

The 510-foot vessel is named for Dunham, a 22-year-old Marine corporal from Scio in Allegany County who died at a U.S. hospital in 2004. Dunham had been wounded after throwing himself on a grenade to protect his comrades in a convoy in Iraq. President George W. Bush presented Dunham’s parents with the Medal of Honor in January 2007.

Deb Dunham christened the ship in Bath, Maine in honor of her son last summer.