USA Patriotism! ... "Showcasing Pride of America"USA Store! ... American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!"Mere Chance ... A Greatest Generation Story" by David G. BancroftCemetery Woods by David G. BancroftAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. BancroftWaking Dreams by David G. BancroftUSA theme polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel items
Home | Patriots | America's Birth | Articles | Charities | Graphics | Great Americans | Halls of Honor | Heroes | Music | Photos | Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars for Troops | Stories
Student Patriots | Videos | About | Contact | Submit | Banners | Partners | Press | CureNow | New Content | DonateAdd This ... Bookmark and ShareJoin / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook pageJoin USA Patriotism! at Google+USA Patriotism! On TwitterUSA Patriotism! YouTube Channel

Patriotic Article
Heroes and Patriots

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!Checks with USA, military, and other patriotic designsFree Gifts from The Bradford Exchange Online

Fallen Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta Awarded The Navy Cross
by U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Perkins - June 23, 2015

American Flag Western Boots

Tough Tex American Flags

USA, military, and other patriotic themed pullover and button down Polo shirts

Checks with USA, military, and other patriotic designs

Telescoping flagpole with free American Flag

USA Flag Throw Blanket

U.S. Military Collectibles 

USA Flag and other American Theme Caps and Hats

A variety of American flag kits for every taste and every budget ... featuring top-quality flags, beautiful poles and durable hardware. Some of the outdoor flag sets come gift-boxed for giving to a family members and friends ... for new home, birthdays, Memorial Day, Father's Day, Veteran's Day and more!

Calendars showcasing pride of America!

American Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft

"Mere Chance" by David G. Bancroft

Cemetery Woods by David G. Bancroft

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta was posthumously awarded The Navy Cross on June 8, 2015 ... nine years after making the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq. (Image created by USA Patrioitsm! with the addition of the Navy Cross on a Marine Corps courtesy photo)CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus awarded the Navy Cross to Rosa Peralta, the mother of the late Sgt. Rafael Peralta, aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., June 8, 2015.

According to the award citation, Sgt. Rafael Peralta was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously after sacrificing his life by absorbing the blast of an enemy grenade and shielding fellow Marines only feet away while serving with Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, in Fallujah, Al Anbar province, Iraq, on Nov. 15, 2004.

Throughout the ceremony several people stepped forward to talk about Peralta and to express their gratitude for his actions. The first to speak was Rafael's brother, Ricardo Peralta. Ricardo enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2010 as an infantryman to follow in his brother's footsteps.

Ricardo spoke for his family when he said there's nothing that can replace the sense of pride they have for Rafael and his actions.

“Regardless of any sort of award, buildings or ships being named after him, it doesn't take away from the sense of pride that we all share,” Ricardo said. “Those of us that have worked beside him and worn the uniform have a sense of pride [and nothing can take that away].”

Ricardo also said his brother didn't care about medals or decorations; he just wanted to serve as an infantryman.

CAMP PENDLETON (June 8, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus poses for a group photo with the family members of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta before presenting them with a Navy Cross, the Navy and Marine Corps' second highest medal for valor at Camp Pendleton. Mabus posthumously awarded the medal for actions Peralta took in 2004. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers)
CAMP PENDLETON (June 8, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus poses for a group photo with the family members of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta before presenting them with a Navy Cross, the Navy and Marine Corps' second highest medal for valor at Camp Pendleton. Mabus posthumously awarded the medal for actions Peralta took in 2004. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers)

“In the end, Navy Cross, Medal of Honor, it doesn't matter,” he stated. “It's all good.”

Staff Sergeant Adam Morrison, one of the Marines with Peralta when the grenade detonated, stated that if it wasn't for the Peralta's actions, he would have been fatally wounded.

The Peralta family said they have appreciated the support the Navy and Marine Corps has given in order to preserve the memory of the fallen warrior.

Peralta's legacy will live on through the stories and memorabilia left behind. This fall, the U.S. Navy will christen an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer with his name, and his battle-worn rifle along with a letter written to Ricardo will be displayed in the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va.

More photos available in frame below

By U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. William Perkins
Provided through DVIDS
Copyright 2015

Comment on this article  |  Navy Cross Recipients  |  Other Heroes

USA Store! ... over 1,000 American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!USA / Americana theme ... polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, hats, caps, swimwear, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, jackets, under garments, and other apparel itemsAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft
Special Offers - FREE Gifts with Purchase

Charities supported by USA Patriotism! with links to them on all its pages.
USO | American Legion | Operation HomefrontFallen Heroes Fund | Military Order of the Purple Heart | NMFA
Silver Star Families | Gary Sinise Foundation | Journey Home Project | Honor and Remember | Independence Fund

Collectibles, apparel, and other gifts ... for Marines, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and veterans!
Home | Patriots | America's Birth | ArticlesCharities | Graphics | Great Americans | Heroes | Honor Halls | Music
Photos | Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars For Troops | Stories | Student Patriots | Videos
New Content | About |
Contact | Banners | CureNow | Partners | Press | Privacy


Search USA Patriotism!

 Wal-Mart.com USA, LLC

Copyright © 2002-2019 ~ USA Patriotism! ~ All Rights Reserved