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USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) Commissioning
SAN DIEGO (July 29
9, 2017) Ship sponsor, Rosa Maria Peralta, the mother of Sgt. Rafael Peralta, watches after giving the order to man the ship and bring USS Rafael Perlata (DDG 115) to life during the ships commissioning ceremony. DDG 115 is named in honor of Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a scout team leader assigned to the "Lava Dogs" of Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. During the second battle of Fallujah, his team was ordered to clear houses as part of Operation Phantom Fury. On that mission his team came under heavy insurgent AK-47 fire and a grenade attack. Sgt. Peralta smothered the grenade with his body, absorbing the majority of the lethal blast and shrapnel, killing him instantly, but saving the lives of his fellow Marines. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Phil Ladouceur/Released)

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