Warship honoring Marine christened at Maine shipyard

31 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A new class of ships honors American heroes of Afghanistan & Iraq.

Oct. 21, 2015, photo shows newly christened USS Rafael Peralta at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. (Courtesy of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works via AP) BATH, Maine – The mother of a Marine who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for shielding fellow Marines from a grenade has christened the ship bearing her son’s name by crashing a bottle of Champagne on its bow. Peralta was born in Mexico City and came with his family to the United States, where he attended high school in San Diego and enlisted in the Marines on the same day he received his green card.

Murphy, a Long Island boy, won the Medal of Honor — the first for the Navy since Vietnam — after exposing himself to fatal gunfire while radioing for help for his team in Afghanistan in 2005. (The book and film “Lone Survivor” tell the tale.) Naming ships after these men is a fit honor for their bravery and sacrifice, a sign to any who follow in their footsteps of how much America appreciates such service.

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