USS Jason Dunham to be Christened

Secretary of Defense Robert M. poses for a photo with the crew of the Arleigh-Burke class missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company, in Bath, Maine, May 22, 2009.(DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Secretary of Defense Robert M. poses for a photo with the crew of the Arleigh-Burke class missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company, in Bath, Maine, May 22, 2009.(DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison, U.S. Air Force/Released)

Ship named for MoH recipient to be christened

Navy officials will christen the guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham during a ceremony Saturday in Maine, honoring the Marine corporal and Medal of Honor recipient killed five years ago after saving the lives of his comrades in Iraq.

The ship, designated DDG 109, is an Arleigh Burke class destroyer. Dunham, of Scio, N.Y., is the only Marine to receive the nation’s highest award for combat valor since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The ceremony will take place at General Dynamics’ Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath, Maine.

Dunham smothered a grenade in Karabilah during the uprisings in 2004. Part of the helmet he used to protect his squad will be sealed in the ship’s mast.