Ship Honoring Local Marine Sails into Florida Port

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 7:41 PM EDT

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November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 7:41 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW/WSVN) - One of the Navy's newest ships sailed into South Florida Thursday in preparation for its commissioning Saturday.

The U.S.S. Jason Dunham is named for the Scio, NY native and Marine Corps Corporal who jumped on a live grenade to save his fellow Marines while on patrol in Iraq in 2004.

Corporal Dunham was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on his birthday, November 10 of 2006 by then President George W. Bush.

The mast of the new ship encases a piece of Dunham's helmet which contains shrapnel from the grenade that he covered with his helmet and his body when he sacrificed himself to save his fellow Marines.

The Dunham will be commissioned on Saturday, November 13 and will head to Norfolk, Virginia next week as it prepares to go on active duty.

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