If you don’t know the story behind Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, let me shed some light on it for ya. This warrior was fighting his ass off in Fallujah with 1st Battalion 3rd Marines out of Hawaii. He and his squad were kicking ass clearing room to room during this nasty battle when he drew automatic fire and was hit. If ya didn’t know, dirtbag enemy would also set trip lines across door ways because they knew Marines would be coming in to clear the buildings and when the line was tripped, the explosion was set to actually collapse the building, ya pretty shitty fighting. After the young Sergeant was wounded, badguys followed it up with hand grenades onto Peralta. Without hesitation, he grabbed the grenades, taking the blast in his body, saving numerous Marines. He was awarded the Navy Cross only because Defense Secretary Bob Gates down graded it from a Medal of Honor because he had reason Peralta wouldn’t have been aware or conscious to do such an act. Wow…..really? However, on an upside, the new Sec of Def (Mad Dog Mattis could overturn that decision – TBD) Time for a C-Gar
The U.S. Navy will commission the destroyer Rafael Peralta on Saturday morning in a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California, according to a Defense Department release.
The guided missile destroyer is named after Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was killed in November 2004 during the Second Battle of Fallujah.
Peralta is credited with saving the lives of several Marines from a grenade blast, according to the Military Times Hall of Valor. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.