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Charleston, S.C. (Dec. 7, 2004) - The guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) prepares to moor on board Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C. James E. Williams will be commissioned Saturday, Dec. 11th, as the 45th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer authorized by Congress. The ship honors Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class James E. Williams, the Navy's highest decorated enlisted Sailor, having been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery and leadership in 1966 while serving as patrol boat captain and patrol commander of River Patrol Boat (PBR) 105 on the Mekong River, Republic of Vietnam. U.S. Navy photo by Bart Jackson via Wikimedia Commons.


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