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Charleston, S.C. (Dec. 11, 2004) -- Sailors enact the longstanding Naval tradition of “manning the rails” after “bringing the ship to life” aboard the newly commissioned guided missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C. The ship honors Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class James E. Williams, one of the Navy's most highly decorated enlisted Sailors, 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. James E. Williams will be commissioned Saturday, Dec. 11th, as the 45th Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer authorized by Congress. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Jim Brown (RELEASED)

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Photo description

Photo Date
December 11, 2004
Jim Brown
Caption Writer
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Copyright Status
Public domain / free use
Service Branch
US Navy
Primary Equipment
DDG 95
Other Visible Equipment
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Plane Number
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Charleston, SC
Tail Code
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Commissioning ceremony