Destroyer Named for Chapter 227 Member

Chapter 227's Barnum’s Destroyer

Retired Marine Col. “Barney” Barnum is a member and active supporter of the Dean K. Phillips Memorial Chapter 227 in Arlington, VA of Northern Virginia. 

He’s one of only two Medal of Honor recipients denied a White House ceremony. The other was William Loren McConagle, who commanded the U.S.S. Liberty when it was attacked by the Israelis.

Barnum, however, recently received a recognition perhaps greater than a White House ceremony. The latest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer was named the U.S.S. Harvey C. Barnum Jr. in his honor.

The naming ceremony was held July 28, 2017, at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

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