The future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer William Charette (DDG-130) will honor a hospital corpsman awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War.
Master Chief William Charette joined the Navy in 1951 and served in Korea as a hospital corpsman attached to Company F, Third Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Division.
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer announced the name of the future Arleigh Burke DDG on Monday. General Dynamics Bath Iron Works will build William Charette, which will use the Flight III destroyer design with an advanced AN/SPY-6(v) Air and Missile Defense Radar.
“The actions of Hospital Corpsman William Charette will neither be forgotten or diminished,” Spencer said in a statement. “Charette put himself at extreme risk during intense combat to render aid to Marines in need. His efforts saved lives, and I am honored that his legacy will live on in the future USS William Charette (DDG-130).”