If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Tell You About Service | Felipe Pereira

Stories of Service | Felipe Pereira | July 2017"When I look at these walls, I see history. I see tradition. I see service that came before me and I see service that will come after me.” The before and after of Felipe Pereira inspires us to this day. 

Born in Brazil, moving to the U.S. at age 17, becoming a citizen just before deployment with the 101st Airborne, he led bravely in Kandahar, Afghanistan. That’s where his commitment to duty undoubtedly saved the lives of two fellow Soldiers. On November 1, 2010, as a team leader with the 502nd Infantry Regiment, Spc. Pereira’s squad was ambushed. Battling an estimated seven fighting positions with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, Pereira himself sustained shrapnel wounds to his spleen, liver, and left lung.

With little regard for his own safety, Pereira refused medical treatment and instead commandeered an all-terrain vehicle back into heavy enemy fire. As bullets ricocheted off the ATV, he provided fire direction on the ground, then quickly pulled the vehicle to where medics were standing by. Only after all of the wounded had been evacuated and receiving medical care did he accept treatment himself.

His extraordinary actions in the face of adversity earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, our nation’s second-highest military honor. MISSION BBQ is proud to display it for all in our Nashville location.

Now continuing to serve as a Police Officer, Pereira remains humble: "The job changes, but we’re still trying to keep America safe. To be on the wall is a great honor but I think the best part is to inspire others.”

He does. You can see his personal Story of Service below.