USS Babilone destroyer christened.David Sharp AP

The U.S. Navy christened a new destroyer named for Medal of Honor recipient, Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone, who helped fend off an assault by 3000 Japanese sailors at the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. He returned home to New Jersey and was honored with a parade, but he asked to return to the front. He was later killed on the first day of the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. The ship is still being finished and is not yet ready for launch, but was “baptized” by breaking a bottle of Champagne across the bow by an official “sponsor,” generally a woman with a connection to the new vessel – in this case Ryan Manion, surviving sister of Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed in Iraq. (David Sharp/AP)

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