Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who had recommended in 2012 the Medal of Honor be awarded to Peralta, will present the Navy Cross to the family.

The family of one of the Iraq war’s most celebrated Marine heroes has accepted the nation’s second-highest award for valor seven years after the Pentagon denied him the Medal of Honor.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus posthumously bestowed the Navy Cross on Sgt. Rafael Peralta for falling on a grenade during the battle for Fallujah in November 2004.

His mother, Rosa, accepted the medal during a ceremony Monday at Camp Pendleton.