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USS James E. Williams

Seaman Jonathan Ringly shined the bell on the guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, 25 April 2006. James E. Williams was preparing to depart on the ship's maiden deployment as a member of the Enterprise Carrier Strike group. The ship honors Boatswains Mate 1st Class James E. Williams, the Navy's highest decorated enlisted Sailor, having been awarded the 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 Photographer's Mate Airman Mandy Mclaurin

The pages below highlight notable people who have had U.S. Navy ships named in their honor.


Army Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton—USNS Charlton (T-AKR-314)

Marine Private First Class Oscar P. Austin—USS Oscar Austin (DDG-79)

Civil Rights Activist Medgar Evers—USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE-13)

Army Private George Watson—USNS Watson (T-AKR-310)

Navy Cook First Class William Pinckney—USS Pinckney (DDG-91) 

Navy Commander Mary Sears—USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65)

Rear Admiral Grace Hopper—USS Hopper (DDG-70) 

Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt—USS Roosevelt (DDG-80)

Senator Daniel K. Inouye—USS Daniel Inouye (DDG-118)

Army Private First Class Herbert K. Pililaau—USNS Pililaau (T-AKR-304) 

Army Sergeant First Class Rodney J.T. Yano—USNS Yano (T-AKR-297)

Marine First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez—USNS 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez (T-AK-3010) 

Army Master Sergeant Roy Benavidez—USNS Benavidez (T-AKR-306) 

Civil Rights Activist Cesar Chavez—USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE-14)

Admiral David Glasgow Farragut—USS Farragut (DDG-99) 

Marine Private First Class Fernando Luis Garcia—USS Garcia (FF-1040)

Marine Sergeant Alfredo Gonzalez—USS Gonzalez (DDG-66) 

Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta—USS Rafael Peralta (DDG-115) 

Navy Chief Petty Officer James E. Williams—USS James E. Williams (DDG-95) 

Lewis and Clark guide and interpreter Sacagawea—USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2)

Published: Fri Aug 14 11:16:16 EDT 2020