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USS JASON DUNHAM (DDG-109)

CLASS - BURKE Flight IIa As Built.
Displacement 8373 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 509' 5" (oa) x 66' 11" x 20' (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/62 RF, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), 96 VLS Cells,
2 SH-60B helicopters, 8 Harpoon Missiles, 6 x 12.75" TT.
Machinery, 100,000 SHP; 4 GE LM-2500 Gas Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30+ Knots, Range 4400 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 370.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid at Bath, Maine, April 11 2008.
Christened at Bath, Maine, August 1 2009.
Commissioned November 13, 2010 at Port Everglades, FL.
Active unit of the US Navy.

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Dunham 61kThe Medal of Honor certificate reads - For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal 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 to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.Bill Gonyo
Dunham 49kArtist's conception of the Dunham as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Dunham 55k070323-N-0000X-040. Scio, New York, March 23 2007, image submitted on occasion of the Department of Navy announcement that the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer will be named USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), honoring the late Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Donald C. Winter, made the announcement in Dunham’s hometown of Scio, N.Y. U.S. Navy photo.Fabio Peña/Tony Cowart
Dunham 162k070323-N-3642E-274 Scio, NY, March 23 2007, Secretary of the Navy Dr. Donald C. Winter announces during a ceremony in Scio, New York, that the next Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer will bear the name of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jason L. Dunham. Dunham was the first Marine to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions during Operation Iraq Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Shawn P. Eklund.Robert M. Cieri
Dunham 86kDan and Debra Dunham, parents of the late Cpl. Jason Dunham, stand April 11, 2008 in front of the keel of what will be the USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109).Bill Gonyo
Dunham 160kSecretary of Defense Robert M. Gates 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.Bill Gonyo
Dunham 82kCover of the Christening program.Robert M. Cieri
Dunham 12kDunham cuts through the Atlantic on her way to Commissioning.Ron Reeves
Dunham 80k090801-N-5549O-186. Bath, Maine, August 1 2009, Debra Dunham, mother of late Cpl. Jason Dunham and ship's sponsor breaks a bottle of champagne across the bow of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) during the ship's christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Dunham posthumously received the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 14, 2004 in Karabilah, Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Tony Cowart
Dunham 131k090801-O-0000X-002. Bath, Maine, August 1 2009, Debra Dunham christens the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named for her son, U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Photo courtesy Michael C. Nutter/ General Dynamics.Tony Cowart
Dunham 60k090801-N-5549O-117. Bath, Maine, August 1 2009, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) the Honorable Ray Mabus addresses a crowd of thousands honored guests during a christening ceremony of guided missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Dunham posthumously received the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 14, 2004 in Karabilah, Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Tony Cowart
Dunham 42k090801-M-3123G-002. Bath, Maine, August 1 2009, Sgt. Major Michael Templeton, right, holds the dress blue uniform of Cpl. Jason Dunham as Maj. Trent A. Gibson stands at attention during the christening of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Templeton and Gibson both served in Dunham's unit. Dunham was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dunham's parents donated his dress blue uniform to be displayed on the ship's quarterdeck. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michael T. Gams.Tony Cowart
Dunham 75k090801-N-5549O-215. Bath, Maine, August 1 2009, Marine Sgt. Major Michael John Templeton presents the uniform of late Cpl. Jason Dunham to the crew of the guided missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) during the ship's christening ceremony at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. Templeton served in Dunham's company during their tour in Iraq. Dunham posthumously received the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 14, 2004 in Karabilah, Iraq. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kevin S. O'Brien.Tony Cowart
Dunham 59k090801-O-0000X-004. Bath, Maine, August 1 2009, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham (DDG 109) is translated from the Land Level Transfer Facility at Bath Iron Works into the floating dry dock after its christening ceremony in preparation for float-off later in the day. Photo courtesy Michael C. Nutter/ General Dynamics.Tony Cowart
Dunham 184kThree views of the Dunham's hull during the Christening Ceremony, August 1 2009.Kevin Kelly
Dunham 178kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Dunham 182kAs above.Kevin Kelly
Dunham 180kUSS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) August 1 2009, streamers fly during the christening ceremony of the August 1 2009, an Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer, in Bath, Maine. Image courtesy of the Washington Post.Bill Gonyo
Dunham 117kCommissioning program cover.Ron Reeves
Dunham 16kFour views of Dunham on Commissioning Day, November 13 2010.Ron Reeves
Dunham 16kAs above.Ron Reeves
Dunham 18kAs above.Ron Reeves
Dunham 18kAs above.Ron Reeves
Dunham 182kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Dunham 108kAs above.Wolfgang Hechler
Dunham 196k100520-N-9999X-003. Atlantic Ocean, May 20 2010, the Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. Jason Dunham successfully completed a combined builder's and acceptance "super trial" during four days at sea. The trials are the last significant milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy in summer 2010. The ship will be commissioned in November 2010. Photo courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.Bill Gonyo
Dunham 113kThe destroyer Jason Dunham Pre-Commissioning Unit (DDG 109) enters Port Everglades Harbor to prepare for the ship's Nov. 13 commissioning.Bill Gonyo
Dunham 86k101105-N-7948C-051. Port Everglades, November 5 2010, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) enters Port Everglades Harbor to prepare for a commissioning ceremony Nov. 13. The ship is named after U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron.Tony Cowart
Dunham 45k101105-N-7948C-025. Port Everglades, Fla., November 5 2010, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) enters Port Everglades Harbor to prepare for a commissioning ceremony November 13 The ship is named after U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron.Tony Cowart
Dunham 111kAs above.Tony Cowart
Dunham 79kAs above.Tony Cowart
Dunham 47k101111-N-7948C-036. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., November 11 2010, the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Jason Dunham (DDG 109) is moored at terminal 29 in Port Everglades, Fla. The ship is preparing for commissioning Nov. 13. The ship is named after U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor January 11 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron.Tony Cowart
Dunham 77k101111-N-7948C-026. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., November 11 2010, Marine Maj. Trent Gibson cuts a ceremonial cake during a birthday celebration in honor of Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. Dunham's birthday falls on the same day as the U.S. Marine Corps birthday. The U.S. Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named after Dunham and will be commissioned Nov. 13. Dunham was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor January 11, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron.Tony Cowart
Dunham 165k101111-N-7948C-082. Hollywood, FL, November 11 2010, Cmdr. Scott Sciretta, at podium, the commanding officer of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), speaks during a news conference aboard the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer. The Navy named its newest destroyer after Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Jan. 11, 2007. US Navy photo by MC1 Martin Cuaron.Robert M. Cieri
Dunham 69k101113-N-7948C-059. Port Everglades, Fla., November 13 2010, sailors assigned to the Navy's newest Arliegh Burk-class destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) man-the-rails during the ship's commissioning ceremony. The Navy named their newest destroyer after U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor January 11 2007. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Martin Cuaron.Tony Cowart
Dunham 88kThree views of the Commissioning ceremony by Bobby Raskin.Bobby Raskin
Dunham 73kAs above.Bobby Raskin
Dunham 38kAs above.Bobby Raskin
Dunham 137k101113-N-7948C-036. Port Everglades, FL, November 13 2010, Cdr. Scott Sciretta, commanding officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), speaks during the ship's commissioning ceremony. The vessel was named after U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded in Iraq in April 2004 and posthumously received the Medal of Honor. US Navy photo by MC1 Martin Cuaron.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Dunham 137k101113-N-7948C-049. Port Everglades, FL, November 13 2010, Cmdr. Scott Sciretta, right, commanding officer of destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), reports to Rear Adm. David M. Thomas Jr., commander of Naval Surface Force Atlantic, during the commissioning ceremony for the Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. The Navy named its newest destroyer after Marine Corps Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor Jan. 11, 2007. U.S. Navy photo by MC1 Martin Cuaron.Robert M. Cieri
Dunham 149k101123-N-5292M-186. Norfolk, November 23 2010, the newly commissioned guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) arrives to its new homeport of Naval Station Norfolk. The ship is named after U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham who was mortally wounded by insurgents in Iraq in April 2004 and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor January 11, 2007. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Julie R. Matyascik.Robert M. Cieri
Dunham 114k121229-N-XQ375-116. Arabian Sea, December 29 2012, Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Charles Small, left, and Seaman Recruit Brandon Howard use a fire hose to spray the pilot house of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) during a freshwater wash down. Jason Dunham is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deven B. King.Ron Reeves
Dunham 157k130102-N-XQ375-339. U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY, January 2 2013, Cmdr. Michael Meredith, center, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), and other Sailors observe a replenishment at sea with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Joshua Humphreys (T-AO 188). Jason Dunham is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Deven B. King.Ron Reeves
Dunham 112k130316-N-XQ474-223. Suez Canal, March 16 2013, the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) transits north in the Suez Canal as part of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. Jason Dunham is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Andrew Schneider.Ron Reeves
Dunham 123k140227-N-OT964-126. Norfolk, February 27 2014, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) is moored pierside at Naval Station Norfolk. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Martin L. Carey.Robert M. Cieri
Dunham 169k140527-N-NK134-211. Atlantic Ocean, May 27 2014, Cmdr. Michael Meredith, commanding officer of the guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109), checks a fuel sample during an underway replenishment with the Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (T-AO 195). Jason Dunham is operating in the U.S. 2nd Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek Paumen.Ron Reeves
Dunham 127kShip's patch.Ron Reeves
Dunham 65kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS JASON DUNHAM DDG-109 History
Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR M. Scott Sciretta    Nov 13 2010 - Jun 17 2011
CDR David Allen Bretz    Jun 17 2011 - Nov 30 2012
CDR Michael William Meredith    Nov 30 2012 - 2014
CDR Darren T. Dugan    2014 - present

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Jason Dunham website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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