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Harvey C. Barnum Jr. (DDG-124)

Harvey Curtiss Barnam Jr. -- born on 21 July 1940 at Cheshire, Conn. -- who received the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty” while serving with the 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, at Ky Phu, South Vietnam, on 18 December 1965. For additional information, see Medal of Honor Recipients, Vietnam War, at the U.S. Army Center of Military History at http://www.history.army.mil/moh/vietnam-a-l.html.

(DDG-124: displacement 9,515; length 510'; beam 66'; draft 32'; speed 30+ knots; complement 312; armament 1 5-inch, Mk 41 Vertical Launch System (VLS) for 96 BGM-109 Tomahawks, RGM-84 Harpoons, SM-2MR Standards, Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles (ESSMs), and RUM-139 VL-ASROC Antisubmarine Rockets, 1 Close In Weapon System (CIWS), 2 25 millimeter, 4 machine guns, and 6 Mk 32 torpedo tubes, aircraft 2 Sikorsky MH-60B/R Seahawks; class Arleigh Burke)

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr., announced the selection of the name Harvey C. Barnum Jr. for DDG-124 during a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., on 28 July 2016. Bath Iron Works at Bath, Maine, began constructing the guided missile destroyer on 17 May 2018.

Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr. shakes hands with the ship’s namesake during the ceremony announcing her name at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., 28 July 2016. (Lance Corp. Dana Beesley, USMC, Department of Defense Photograph 160728-M-XU431-002A, Defense.Gov)
Secretary of the Navy Raymond E. Mabus Jr. shakes hands with the ship’s namesake during the ceremony announcing her name at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., 28 July 2016. (Lance Corp. Dana Beesley, USMC, Department of Defense Photograph 160728-M-XU431-002A, Defense.Gov)
An artist’s interpretation of how the ship will likely appear as she turns sharply at sea. (Unattributed U.S. Navy photograph, Stars and Stripes)
An artist’s interpretation of how the ship will likely appear as she turns sharply at sea. (Unattributed U.S. Navy photograph, Stars and Stripes)

Detailed history pending.

Mark L. Evans
22 May 2018

Published: Tue May 22 10:48:28 EDT 2018