Medal of Honor recipient watches as warship bearing his identify is christened in Maine

BATH, Maine — Marine 1st Lt. Harvey “Barney” Barnum jumped to the bottom when he got here underneath fireplace throughout an ambush in Vietnam that killed his radio operator and commander.

Gathering himself, Barnum realized he was now the highest-ranking officer of a rifle firm he’d simply joined. He known as in artillery and, amid gunfire, dragged the commander to security, the place he died in Barnum’s arms. Then he proceeded to mount a counterattack, oversee evacuation of the wounded and lead the unit’s eventual get away to rejoin the battalion.

The Medal of Honor recipient, now 83, watched Saturday as his spouse smashed a bottle of glowing wine in opposition to the bow to christen the long run U.S. Navy destroyer that’ll bear the identify Harvey C. Barnum Jr.