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.