4/11/2008 BATH Maine,The legacy of a 22-year-old Marine who gave the ultimate sacrifice will carry on in the form of a Bath-built destroyer.
The parents of Marine Corporal Jason Dunham were on hand Friday for a special keel laying ceremony at Bath Iron Works. The ceremony marks the beginning of the construction of the U.S.S. Jason Dunham.
The 22-year-old died in 2004 after throwing himself on a live grenade in Iraq. His heroism saved the lives of two of his fellow marines. Dunham also received the medal of honor, the military's highest military decoration.
"It means a great deal to us know that this ship will be on the ocean for 35 to 40 years and carry Jason's name on into the future and you have had a hand in that and we thank your for that," said Jason's father Dan Dunham.
The ship will be completed next summer and ready for active duty in 2010.
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