Ceremony Held to Name Naval Ship in Honor of Former Corpsmember Killed in Iraq


At the naval base in San Diego September 20, a naming ceremony was held for three new guided-missile destroyers, including the USS Rafael Peralta. 

Rafael was a San Diego corpsmember and crewleader in the California Conservation Corps from 1998-99. He later went on to serve in the Marines.

Rafael was killed in Iraq in 2004 while covering his body with a live hand grenade to save his fellow Marines.  He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, but a San Diego congressman continues to fight to have him awarded the Medal of Honor. 

Click here to read our original post about Peralta from when the Secretary of the Navy announced the naming in 2012. 



Diagram of Burke Class Destroyer - Ship model named after Rafael Peralta