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MILITARY: Navy naming ships after trio of local military heroes
NC Times ^ | February 15, 2012 | Mark Walker

Posted on 02/15/2012 12:14:22 PM PST by jazusamo

The U.S. Navy announced Wednesday morning that it has named one of its new ships after Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, a San Diego native who died a hero in Iraq in 2004.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the move, saying a new guided-missile destroyer will be named the USS Rafael Peralta.

A Pentagon statement said Mabus named that ship and two other new destroyers after Navy and Marine Corps heroes whose actions occurred during different conflicts but "were united in their uncommon valor."

Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an insurgent grenade during house-to-house fighting in Fallujah.

Mabus said he wanted to ensure that sacrifice "will be known by today's sailors and Marine and honored for several decades to come by a new generation of Americans and people from around the world who will come in contact with these ships."

Known as an Arleigh Burke class destroyer, the ship will conduct a variety of operations and capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles.

Along with the USS Peralta, two other new destroyers are being named the USS John Finn and the USS Ralph Johnson.

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: heroes; local; military; name; names; naming; navy; rafaelperalta; ships; trio; usmc; ussjohnfinn; ussrafaelperalta; ussralphjohnson


Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta, Semper Fi

1 posted on 02/15/2012 12:14:30 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: smoothsailing; Lancey Howard

Ping!


2 posted on 02/15/2012 12:16:17 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I saw Sgt. Peralta’s grave at Fort Rosecrans cemetery on Point Loma in San Diego. If the ship is based in San Diego it will pass in front of his grave every time in enters or leaves San Diego Bay.


3 posted on 02/15/2012 12:20:36 PM PST by forgotten man (forgotten man)
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To: jazusamo

The USS Gabrielle Giffords shouldn’t even be in the same water.


4 posted on 02/15/2012 12:21:10 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Now I know how the average lefty would feel if Fred Phelps were elected President.)
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To: forgotten man

Thanks for relating that!


5 posted on 02/15/2012 12:25:55 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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6 posted on 02/15/2012 12:26:25 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

My Goodness!!!

They didn’t name it after Sen. Robert Byrd? or Pelosi, or a Kennedy? or Rahm Emanuel? or fat ass hogly Michelle? or Hitler? etc.?

I am truely disapointed…Totally


7 posted on 02/15/2012 12:42:14 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: jazusamo

My Goodness!!!

They didn’t name it after Sen. Robert Byrd? or Pelosi, or a Kennedy? or Rahm Emanuel? or fat ass hogly Michelle? or Hitler? etc.?

I am truely disapointed…Totally


8 posted on 02/15/2012 12:43:20 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: jazusamo

“Peralta was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross after using his body to shield fellow Marines from an insurgent grenade”

Hmmm, many people have received the Medal of Honor for the same actions. I’ve noticed the Medal of Honor for these wars seems to have required a higher standard than previous wars.


9 posted on 02/15/2012 12:43:20 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: All

Sorry for the double post.

I got carried away.


10 posted on 02/15/2012 12:46:40 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

What is the status of the USS Murtha and the USS Giffords?


11 posted on 02/15/2012 12:53:33 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: I cannot think of a name

There have been a couple of our military awarded the Medal of Honor in these wars for that same act of heroism and there’s many who feel Sgt. Peralta should have been a MOH recipient as well, much has been much written about it.


12 posted on 02/15/2012 12:59:29 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: I cannot think of a name
From MARINESBLOG:

["]For his actions in those final moments of his life, the Mexico City native was recommended for the Medal of Honor by the Marine Corps and Department of the Navy.

["[However, it was announced in September 2008 that Peralta would posthumously receive a Navy Cross vice a Medal of Honor. A board convened by Defense Secretary Robert Gates questioned whether Peralta could knowingly pull the grenade under him after being mortally wounded.

["]Hundreds of Marines, including those who served with him, were outraged upon hearing the decision. Whether he did it in his final moments of consciousness or not, he shielded his Marines from potentially fatal wounds. And they testified to that.["]

And by the way, Sergeant Peralta enlisted while carrying a green card. He became a citizen while in the United States Marines. God bless his memory and his heroism.
13 posted on 02/15/2012 1:03:29 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: jazusamo

This is great...

Honoring a real American hero...


14 posted on 02/15/2012 1:08:48 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (God bless our brave American troops)
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To: jazusamo

This is great...

Honoring a real American hero...


15 posted on 02/15/2012 1:11:01 PM PST by Tennessee Nana (God bless our brave American troops)
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To: jazusamo

Sgt. Peralta seems worthy of the CMOH to me. Thanks for your sacrifice Sgt. Peralta, and prayers to your family.


16 posted on 02/15/2012 1:18:29 PM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming completely debunked via the very internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: righttackle44; VA_Gentleman

I most certainly agree with you both.


17 posted on 02/15/2012 1:25:21 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Excellent News!
Oliver North wrote an good article at the time about Sgt. Peralta.
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=6062


18 posted on 02/15/2012 1:42:09 PM PST by crusadersoldier
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To: crusadersoldier

Thanks for linking Ollie’s article!


19 posted on 02/15/2012 1:47:27 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Admin Moderator

Thank you much, AM.


20 posted on 02/15/2012 1:50:48 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Who is Navy Sec. Raymond Mabus: some statements at the "Progressive Policy Institute" might give you an update on some of his thoughts:

".....Spearheaded by Ray Mabus, President Obama’s secretary of the Navy and the former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, the Navy and Marines are building a strategy for “out-greening” Al Qaeda, “out-greening” the Taliban and “out-greening” the world’s petro-dictators. Their efforts are based in part on a recent study from 2007 data that found that the U.S. military loses one person, killed or wounded, for every 24 fuel convoys it runs in Afghanistan. Today, there are hundreds and hundreds of these convoys needed to truck fuel — to run air-conditioners and power diesel generators — to remote bases all over Afghanistan.

Mabus’s argument is that if the U.S. Navy and Marines could replace those generators with renewable power and more energy efficient buildings, and run its ships on nuclear energy, biofuels and hybrid engines, and fly its jets with bio-fuels, then it could out-green the Taliban — the best way to avoid a roadside bomb is to not have vehicles on the roads — and out-green all the petro-dictators now telling the world what to do."

21 posted on 02/15/2012 1:53:40 PM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: righttackle44; jazusamo
I've felt for a long time, even when Bush was still in office, like there was some concerted effort to downplay this war and the people that fought it. I don't know if they are afraid of offending our Muslim ‘allies’ or if even the DOD higher-ups have been infiltrated by the “we hate American soldiers” whack-jobs.
22 posted on 02/15/2012 2:17:45 PM PST by I cannot think of a name
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping. Finally, a shipnaming that makes sense.


23 posted on 02/15/2012 2:19:52 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Finally, a shipnaming that makes sense.

Amen! All three of these brave men deserved it.

24 posted on 02/15/2012 2:23:30 PM PST by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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