Pearl River County, MS (WDAM) - A stream in Lumberton has been named in honor of a Gulf Coast World War II veteran who frequented the area for hunting and fishing.
Dana Creek is named for Richard L. Dana, a lifelong Biloxi resident and Army veteran who died in 2009.
It flows a few miles from Forrest County through Pearl River County and into Red Creek.
Some of the land surrounding the creek belongs to Dana's daughter, Rebecca Dana-Fetterolf.
She petitioned the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to name the creek for her father.
The process took about 11 months.
"It is a very rare ocassion," said Dana-Fetterolf. "There aren't many creeks or streams left unnamed."
On Thursday, members of the Dana family gathered to cut a ribbon and unveil the name at a bridge that crosses the creek on Hickory Grove Road.
"It's a special ocassion and we're very grateful, blessed to have that, because a lot of people can't say (they have something named in their honor), so it's definitely an accomplishment," said Dave Gilmore, grandson of Richard L. Dana.
Dana is buried at the Bloxi National Cemetery.